Doug Jones Certified As New Alabama Senator

Thursday, December 28, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Senator-elect Doug Jones of Alabama says his victory marks a "new chapter for our state and the nation."

Jones issued a statement Thursday after a state board officially declared him the winner of the Dec. 12 election. Jones said he is looking forward to "going to work for the people of Alabama."

Official election results show that Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore by 21,924 votes. Jones is expected to be sworn in next month.

He is the first Alabama Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate in 25 years. Jones said he will be an "independent voice" in the Senate and will strive for "common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle."

The state certified Jones' win after a judge rejected Moore's request to delay the certification.