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- Voters in Alabama are deciding whether Republican Roy Moore or Democrat Doug Jones will take the open US Senate seat in their state Tuesday night.
- The race remained close right up to Election Day, despite a massive sexual-assault and harassment scandal that has rocked Moore’s campaign in recent weeks.
- President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama have campaigned for the candidates in their respective parties.
- A win for Jones would put a Democrat in an Alabama Senate seat for the first time in two decades.
Alabama voters are deciding who will represent their state in the US Senate in a special election that has drawn international attention in recent weeks.
Republican candidate Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones are vying for the seat vacated by former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who President Donald Trump appointed US Attorney General in January.
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The race in Alabama ends on what has been a tumultuous few weeks – dominated in part by the multiple allegations of sexual assault and misconduct directed at Moore, and his campaign’s conflicting responses to the accusations. The matter has rocked what would have otherwise been a cut-and-dry race in deep-red Alabama, where voters have consistently delivered Republicans to the Senate for the last two decades.
For that reason, experts have been reluctant to predict the race citing, among other things, voter turnout which remained a point of uncertainty on an election night that falls less than two weeks before Christmas.
Trump and former President Barack Obama have campaigned for Moore and Jones respectively. Moore has promised to champion Trump’s agenda if elected, but it is uncertain how effective he would be on Capitol Hill.
A win for Jones would further chip away at the Republican majority in the Senate and potentially threaten Trump and his party’s broader legislative agenda.