Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill certified the election results at a meeting of the state canvassing board, which also includes Governor Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall. Doug Jones will be sworn in as a U.S. Senator by Vice President Mike Pence when the Senate reconvenes in the new year.
Republican Roy Moore, who lost, is claiming that voter fraud played a massive role in his opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, pulling off an upset victory.
Montgomery Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick on Thursday denied a last-ditch legal bid by Mr Moore for a restraining order to stop Alabama's canvassing board from certifying Mr Jones' victory.
Merrill's office received roughly 120 complaints of voter fraud, mostly from sources outside Alabama, and roughly 70% had already been investigated and adjudicated.
Moore appeared to be the favorite in the contest to fill the Senate seat held by Jeff Sessions, who is now Trump's attorney general.
Alabama Republican Roy Moore has filed an election complaint to block certification of the Senate vote he narrowly lost early this month, alleging that election fraud occurred that was "sufficient to overturn the outcome of the election" and calling for an investigation.
The Alabama judge came under fire during his campaign after multiple women came forward accusing him of pursuing sexual relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. Shortly before the 1 p.m. The results have now been formally certified.
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A spokesman for Jones earlier called Moore's action a "desperate attempt.to subvert the will of the people".
Moore, whose campaign filed a last-minute "election fraud" complaint on Thursday just before the results were certified just after 2 p.m. EST, claimed that widespread voter fraud had contributed to his more than 20,000 vote loss to Jones, a number that was not significantly altered by the inclusion of military and provisional ballots that were later counted. "The election is over, it's time to move on".
Jones defeated Moore by about 20,000 votes. He said Moore's complaint seemed to boil down to the belief that he should have won based on exit polling and that the high turnout, including by African-American voters, must indicate fraud.
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The complaint filed by Moore's attorney was light on factual substance, noting unusual voting patterns and citing "statistical analysis by election-fraud experts" that "clearly indicate election fraud".
The allegations, first reported by the Post, may have been what cost Moore the election. In May this year, he ordered that a commission be formed to investigate voter fraud.
Porter and Bash went back and forth, with the CNN anchor shooting down claims of voter fraud.