Doug Jones Certified in Alabama Senate Race

Today Doug Jones was certified as the winner of the Alabama Senate race by the Alabama state canvasing board (all three are Republicans) despite allegations of widespread voter fraud from his opponent, Roy Moore.    The post from Fox News gives the details on today's events. 

As to the claims of voter fraud, even President Trump has  called for Moore to concede.   What could be Moore's motivation (beyond actually believing it) for claims of fraud?   The post from CNN below gives some history on Roy Moore's "down but never out" career.

Doug Jones certified as winner of Alabama Senate race

By Alex Pappas | Fox News

Democrat Doug Jones was certified Thursday by Alabama’s secretary of state as the winner of the state’s Senate race, less than an hour after a judge rejected Republican nominee Roy Moore’s last-ditch attempt to challenge the election results.

Earlier Thursday, Moore’s campaign alleged potential election fraud and asked a circuit judge for a restraining order to stop Alabama's canvassing board from certifying Jones' victory.

A judge then denied the request, leading Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill to certify Jones’ victory.

Jones, who will be sworn in Jan. 3, celebrated the certification and vowed to be “an independent voice” for Alabama.

"I am looking forward to going to work for the people of Alabama in the new year," Jones said in a statement. "As I said on election night, our victory marks a new chapter for our state and the nation." <more>

Here's why Roy Moore will never concede

Chris Cillizza
Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large

Roy Moore lost.

That fact -- which we all knew on the night of December 12 -- became official on Thursday afternoon when the Republican governor, Republican attorney general and Republican secretary of state in Alabama certified that Democrat Doug Jones had defeated Moore in the special election to fill the four years remaining in Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate term.
Moore, of course, didn't -- and doesn't -- accept that fact.
On Wednesday, Moore filed a complaint alleging widespread voter fraud -- and insisting that the certification of Jones' win should not go forward. Moore's primary complaint seemed to revolve around increased black turnout in the election. Why that would be somehow fraudulent wasn't detailed in the complaint. And John Merrill, Alabama's secretary of state, dismissed a number of the specific issues raised by Moore as either misleading or simply false.
A judge denied Moore's delay request Thursday morning. And then came the official certification -- just after 2 p.m. Eastern time.<more>

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