Doug Jones' future Senate colleagues prepare for his arrival

Democrat Doug Jones had only ...

Posted: Dec 13, 2017 10:40 AM
Updated: Dec 13, 2017 10:40 AM

Democrat Doug Jones had only been projected the winner of a US Senate seat in Alabama for a few minutes Tuesday before his future Senate colleagues weighed in on the victory, including at least one Republican who wants his vote.

Sen. Cory Gardner, who chairs the Senate Republicans' campaign committee, urged Jones to vote with GOP members after his upset win that flipped a seat that had been reliably red for decades.

Moore's primary win had divided the GOP

Democrats, for their part, erupted with glee

"Tonight's results are clear -- the people of Alabama deemed Roy Moore unfit to serve in the US Senate," the Colorado Republican said in a statement. "I hope Senator-elect Doug Jones will do the right thing and truly represent Alabama by choosing to vote with the Senate Republican Majority."

Moore's primary win over appointed GOP Sen. Luther Strange had divided the party and Gardner had been a fierce critic of the Republican nominee. Under his leadership, the National Republican Senate Committee withdrew support for Moore after allegations of sexual abuse emerged last month from when Moore was in his 30s. Gardner himself called for Moore to be expelled from the Senate if he were to win the race.

A Senate GOP leadership aide told CNN that Moore's loss led to "relief that we don't have to deal with ethics and still amazed that the nominee was so bad we lost Alabama."

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who had donated to Jones' campaign and repeatedly urged Alabama voters to back the Democratic candidate, was one of the few Republicans who issued a comment shortly after the projection.

"Decency wins," the retiring Arizona senator simply tweeted.

Jones' victory will narrow the Republican majority in the Senate to 51-49 when he takes office, which will most likely be in January. Once Jones is sworn in as a senator, he will hold the seat until the term expires in January 2021.

Democrats, for their part, erupted with glee.

"Thank you Alabama!" Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri tweeted, nearly simultaneously as news outlets began issuing news alerts projecting Jones as the winner.

"Hot DAMN," added Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire.

"ROLL TIDE," tweeted Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said in a statement that Jones was "a great candidate and will be an even better Senator."

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 500709

Reported Deaths: 9977
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34312538
DeSoto32080403
Hinds31924627
Jackson24482379
Rankin21983390
Lee15530235
Madison14574280
Jones13838242
Forrest13447251
Lauderdale11985316
Lowndes11030188
Lamar10508135
Pearl River9503237
Lafayette8547139
Hancock7728126
Washington7422157
Oktibbeha7142131
Monroe6769176
Warren6682176
Pontotoc6659102
Neshoba6635206
Panola6520131
Marshall6462134
Bolivar6313148
Union602494
Pike5817152
Alcorn5667101
Lincoln5433135
George496779
Scott472698
Tippah469081
Prentiss466881
Leflore4657144
Itawamba4633105
Adams4586119
Tate4584110
Copiah448592
Simpson4445116
Yazoo443987
Wayne439772
Covington428794
Sunflower4237105
Marion4225108
Coahoma4159104
Leake408288
Newton381679
Grenada3706108
Stone359764
Tishomingo359692
Attala331489
Jasper329965
Winston314291
Clay307976
Chickasaw299667
Clarke292494
Calhoun279346
Holmes267887
Smith263850
Yalobusha233747
Tallahatchie227151
Greene219048
Walthall218763
Lawrence212440
Perry205356
Amite205155
Webster202746
Noxubee186640
Montgomery179656
Jefferson Davis171542
Carroll168838
Tunica159439
Benton148738
Kemper141941
Choctaw133426
Claiborne132437
Humphreys129238
Franklin120028
Quitman106428
Wilkinson105139
Jefferson94534
Sharkey64020
Issaquena1937
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 817054

Reported Deaths: 15320
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1145501922
Mobile724601333
Madison52172694
Shelby37533348
Baldwin37192547
Tuscaloosa35044606
Montgomery34067734
Lee23195245
Calhoun22205476
Morgan20754376
Etowah19811497
Marshall18317302
Houston17345411
St. Clair15983339
Cullman15383292
Limestone15298198
Elmore15161284
Lauderdale14225294
Talladega13802276
DeKalb12622260
Walker11162369
Blount10162175
Autauga9954146
Jackson9844182
Coffee9195191
Dale8880185
Colbert8826201
Tallapoosa7071198
Escambia6764130
Covington6699183
Chilton6627161
Russell627959
Franklin5955105
Chambers5567142
Marion4982126
Dallas4936200
Clarke474583
Pike4722105
Geneva4566126
Winston4502103
Lawrence4296117
Bibb424086
Barbour356676
Marengo337789
Monroe331463
Randolph328763
Butler325696
Pickens315682
Henry311965
Hale311088
Cherokee301760
Fayette291879
Washington251351
Cleburne247360
Crenshaw244375
Clay241768
Macon232363
Lamar222047
Conecuh185853
Coosa179739
Lowndes174564
Wilcox167939
Bullock151644
Perry138340
Sumter132738
Greene126644
Choctaw88127
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