Doug Jones says win is 'new chapter' for Alabama

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"Also provided in the complaint is an affidavit from Judge Roy Moore stating that he successfully completed a polygraph test confirming the representations of misconduct made against him during the campaign are completely false", the Moore campaign said in a statement Thursday. He will be sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence and will assume his duties immediately after.

The state of Alabama on Thursday certified Democrat Doug Jones as the victor of this month's special Senate election after a judge denied Republican Roy Moore's effort to halt the process via a last-ditch lawsuit charging widespread voter fraud.

Announcing his last-ditch challenge, Moore said that three election integrity experts had found evidence of fraud.

Merrill also said he was able to identify a young man who appeared on local TV on election night - and seemed to suggest people had come from other states to vote for Jones. "I will be an independent voice and work to find common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle", he added.

A spokesman for Mr Jones earlier called Mr Moore's legal action a "desperate subvert the will of the people". It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama.

Merrill said state officials spent all morning Thursday going over voter fraud allegations in the election.

Moore appeared to be the favorite in the contest to fill the Senate seat held by Jeff Sessions, who is now Trump's attorney general. Moore, a Republican, is an anti-LGBT, religious right extremist who was twice removed as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court - the first time for refusing to take down a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse, the second time for trying to block marriage equality in the state.

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The lawsuit was filed the day before officials were due to certify Mr Jones the victor - two weeks after the vote.

But Mr Moore's campaign has alleged the vote may have been rigged.

Late Wednesday, hours before the Alabama State Canvassing Board was scheduled to meet Thursday to certify Jones' victory, Moore and his campaign filed a lawsuit alleging that voter fraud had tainted the election results and requesting that certification be delayed.

Moore filed a lawsuit Wednesday raising broad claims of election fraud.

"It's a very weak complaint, it does not rely on any election experts I've ever heard of and it makes claims that on their face do not appear to be plausible, or appear to be irrelevant", said Rick Hasen, an election law professor at the University of California, Irvine.

Moore did not concede the race to Jones and continues to raise funds with supporters in order to investigate claims of voter fraud.