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It looks as though Democrat senate candidate Doug Jones is inching ahead in Alabama, but after a long and tense vote-count that was tied with almost 90% of precincts reporting.
The result is mixture of bad and good for Republicans. Though it hurts to lose a Senate seat in a red state like Alabama, it’s also true (even though Democrats say it) that Roy Moore could have been turned into an albatross around the necks of the Senate GOP.
That’s not necessarily anything personal against Moore. The allegations against him may be totally untrue, yet could still be used against any Republican, even the President, if the Judge were to rise to power on Capitol Hill.
Moore also holds extreme-right wing social views that could clash with President Trump’s more worldly, tolerant opinion of gays and Muslims. Trump endorsed Moore’s opponent Luther Strange in the primary.
More from Fox News:
Democrat Doug Jones has pulled off a major upset in Alabama by defeating Republican Roy Moore in Tuesday’s special election, Fox News has projected, becoming the first Democrat to win election to the Senate from the deeply conservative state in 25 years.
The dramatic Democratic upset in deep red Alabama cuts the GOP’s Senate majority from 52 to 51, further dimming Republican hopes of enacting major legislation backed by President Trump.
But there may be a silver lining for Republicans: A victory by Moore, who is embroiled in a sex scandal, might have made it more difficult for the GOP to retain control of the Senate in next year’s midterm elections.
A Democrat winning the special election for the seat to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions was seen as just a remote possibility several months ago.
But Jones, a Birmingham attorney famous for prosecuting the KKK, caught a break after Moore was overwhelmed in recent weeks with multiple allegations of past sexual misconduct. Moore denied the accusations throughout the race.
With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Jones was ahead of Moore 49.6 to 48.8 percent.
The moral of this story?
Next time 45 endorses a Republican in a Senate primary, let’s LISTEN TO THE DONALD.