Doug Jones certified as victor of Alabama special election

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Moore, whose campaign filed a last-minute "election fraud" complaint on Thursday just before the results were certified just after 2 p.m. EST, claimed that widespread voter fraud had contributed to his more than 20,000 vote loss to Jones, a number that was not significantly altered by the inclusion of military and provisional ballots that were later counted.

Moore said he's had to fight not only Democrats but also Republicans and the "Washington establishment".

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"If they certify what has been proven by three independent experts that say this is fraudulent enough to overturn this entire election, they are going to be accountable at the voting booth".

Argue that there is an "implausible, unexplained 35 percent drop in votes for Roy Moore relative to the vote share of Republican Party straight-line votes" in the state's most dense counties, attempting to raise questions about black voter turnout.

Moore, who lost to Jones by around 20,000 voters, has refused to concede the race since the December 12 special election. Moore filed a lawsuit Wednesday night, which named Merrill as a defendant and requested a temporary restraining order to stop official certification.

Jones is scheduled to be sworn in on January 3.

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Jones spokesman Sam Coleman said Thursday that Moore's attempt to "subvert the will of the people will not succeed".

While ultimately unsuccessful, Moore's efforts to cast doubt over the election process took a page out of President Donald Trump's playbook. "It's time to move on". He asked a judge to block the state from certifying Jones as the victor.

Jones is scheduled to be sworn in next week.

Results from the highly-anticipated Alabama special election have been formally certified on Thursday.

The Alabama Senate election ended on the heels of a scandal in which multiple women accused Moore of various levels of sexual misconduct they said occurred when he was in his 30s and they were as young as 14 years old.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told The Associated Press Wednesday evening that Jones will be certified as the victor Thursday. "My campaign team is busy collecting numerous reported cases of voter fraud and irregularities for the Secretary of State's office".

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