A Democrat has claimed victory in Alabama’s special election to fill its U.S. Senate seat, with Doug Jones handily defeating Republican candidate Roy Moore.
The Associated Press called the race for Jones just before 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, making him the first Democrat elected to such office from Alabama since 1992.
Jones, 63, 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. The bombers were not tried until the 1990s.
He has never held elective office.
Moore has been facing calls to step aside ever since The Washington Post published a blistering article alleging he had pursued teenage girls when he was an assistant district attorney in his early 30s in Alabama.
President Trump had voiced broad support for Moore, as did former White House strategist Steve Bannon.
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