Jones is a former USA attorney who is best known for prosecuting KKK members decades later for the killing of four young African-American girls in a 1963 Birmingham church bombing. He was buoyed by an influx of national Democratic cash and endorsements.
Moore denounced the "terrible, disgusting" reporting of The Washington Post, which first reported a woman's accusation that he had pursued a sexual relationship with her when she was 14 and he was 32. Write-In votes totaled 21,792.
The stunning upset by Jones makes him the first Democrat elected to the US Senate from Alabama in a quarter-century and will trim the Republicans' already narrow Senate majority to 51-49, endangering Trump's agenda and opening the door for Democrats to possibly retake the chamber in next year's congressional elections.
Polls close across Alabama as bitter Senate campaign ends
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell had called on Moore to drop out of the race, and other Senate leaders had suggested he should eventually be expelled from the Senate if elected. Sessions' appointment triggered a special election in the deeply conservative state. "From being kicked out of office as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court; disobeying rulings of higher courts about his Ten Commandments monument and same-sex marriage; his grandstanding for his views on Christianity; his willingness to disregard the law of the land if it conflicts with his Christian ideals ... a lot of people simply can not stomach the idea of voting for Moore, and that's before we even get to the sexual allegations". This year he attempted a political resurrection against party officials horrified by accusations that he was guilty of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s.
Technically Moore is facing off against Democrat Doug Jones, as well as potential write-ins like Libertarian Party candidate Ron Bishop. If he is seated in the Senate, he'll become an albatross Democrats would relish the chance to hang around Republican necks, C4 said. More than six in 10 Jones supporters say they were an important factor, but about four out of five Moore backers they were not important. Odd was backed by the GOP establishment, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump. Most white evangelicals thought the sexual misconduct allegations against Moore were false. "There are a lot of staunch Republican [Jews] who say they're not voting for him".
"At some point, we've got to stop looking like idiots to the nation", said retired basketball star Charles Barkley, who played at Auburn University and is supporting Jones. Brook, editor of Southern Jewish Life, predicted that if Moore "winds up with even 3 to 5 percent of the Jewish vote, that'll be a big surprise".More news: France's Unibail-Rodamco to buy Australia's Westfield mall giant