By Frederick H. Lowe
Defeated Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore had more to say about the recent election but it’s too late because Democrat Doug Jones has been certified the winner.
The Alabama State Canvassing Board met Thursday in the office of John Merrill, Alabama’s Secretary of State, to certify the results of the 2017 special election for U.S. Senator in which Jones defeated Republican Moore.
The canvassing board, whose members include Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and Merrill, certified the results a day after Moore filed a lawsuit demanding a new special election because of alleged voter fraud. A judge, however, denied Moore’s request on Thursday just before the certification process began.
Jones won 671, 151 votes to Moore’s 650, 436 votes, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. Some 22, 819 residents voted for a write-in candidate.
Jones defeated Moore in a special election on December 12 to take over former seat held U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions. President Trump named Sessions U.S. Attorney General.
Throughout the campaign Moore was dogged by allegations he pursued and dated teenage girls although he was in his 30s. Several girls, now women, came forward and testified that Moore sexually assaulted them.
When the results came in Jones thanked black voters for turning out to vote for him.
Black voters know about Jones’ courage.
Former President Bill Clinton appointed Jones U.S. Attorney. He was the lead prosecutor in the case that won murder convictions against Thomas Blanton and Bobby Frank Cherry for the racially motivated bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham that killed four black girls. The convictions came nearly 40 years after the 1963 bombing.
Filmmaker Spike Lee made a 1997 documentary about the bombing titled “4 Little Girls.”