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Reasons Doug Jones Won The Election: Five Factors That Contributed To One Of The Biggest Upsets In Political History

December 13, 2017

Celeste Katz writing for Newsweek, includes a quote from Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund President, Page Gardner:

It’s hard—very hard—for Republicans to lose Senate races in ruby-red Alabama, but Roy Moore pulled it off Tuesday night. Here are some of the reasons Democrat Doug Jones, not Moore, is going to Washington after a stunning victory.

1. Moore had a scandal problem

Moore was dogged by allegations of sexual improprieties with young women—charges that would have been a death knell for almost any campaign. The judge repeatedly denied having dated or molested teenaged girls, and while exit polls showed he did pull support from even some voters who didn’t believe his denials, he simply could not shake the whiff of scandal that his foes were happy to play up.

“The kookiness and unsavory nature of Roy Moore,” the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato told Newsweek, ultimately did his campaign in, aided by “the failure of Donald Trump — who struck out twice in Alabama this year, in a state he won by 28%.”

2. Black voters showed up for the Democrat

Alabama may be one of the reddest places in the nation, but elections come down to turnout — and in a state known as “the Heart of Dixie,” African-American voters made their voices heard. When they did, they voted with Jones, who, as the Washington Post noted, is “a former U.S. attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klan members for the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham Baptist church, which killed four girls.”

“In a special election that everyone thought would have low turnout, African American voters made sure their voices were heard loud and clear,” said Page Gardner, president of Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, in a post-vote statement. “Alabamians rejected the race-baiting politics of divisiveness spread by Donald Trump and his followers.”

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