Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate running against Roy Moore in the special election for the U.S. Senate, has won. Personally, I’m happy that an alleged pedophile did not get elected to the Senate. Based on the vote count and voter turnout, it most likely was these allegations which prevented Mr. Moore from winning.
Some people might be dismayed at how close the election was. Considering Alabama’s history as a solidly Republican electorate for the past several decades, the election was going to be close. Also, Senator-Elect Jones’s political platform is decidedly unpopular for many Alabamians. He supports Planned Parenthood, wants to increase wages, believes climate change is real, wants equal pay for women and men, and wants to work on decreasing student loan debt. Any one of these issues would have been a death knell to a campaign in an ordinary election. Jones overcame that and a 30-point GOP advantage.
Others might be talking about how this is a referendum on Trump. Based on what I’ve been seeing where I live (Madison County, just outside Huntsville), I don’t know if this is the case. Certainly people are worried that Trump’s election pushed things too far in favor of unhinged people who do not have the country’s best interests at heart. While that worry contributed to not being favorable to the GOP, I don’t know if it contributed to Jones winning.
I am happy that Alabama stood up for women who were abused as children. It had a noticeable and lasting effect on the election. Mr. Moore was denied the ability to possess power that he allegedly abused earlier in his political career.
My hope is that Senator-Elect Jones will fulfill at least one of his campaign promises – that he will engender trust people have for their leaders. That trust cannot be given in an election; it must be earned through good governance. Regardless of who voted for him, Jones now represents the state in the Senate.