Alabama’s special election ended Tuesday night in a defeat for Republican Roy Moore and a victory for Democrat Doug Jones. The ugly campaign for Senate seat seems to have only tainted Moore’s image as a predator for teen girls.
Surprisingly, President Trump’s — who threw his full support behind Moore — initial response was a gracious congratulations, tweeting:
“Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-i votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!”
He backed that initial tweet up with this one:
“The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!”
Now, what does this loss mean for the future of our nation?
Well, CNN kind of highlights it perfectly:
At the start of this year, the idea that Democrats would have any chance to win the Senate majority come November 2018 was regarded as a joke.
Jones’ victory means that for now Democrats are only 2 seats away from the majority — Vice President Mike Pence casts the tie-breaking vote when it is 50-50. While a Democratic move into the majority still looks like a long shot, it’s now not out of the question.
Remember that Trump won Alabama by 28 points 13 months ago. A Democrat hadn’t won a Senate race in the state since 1992 when then Democratic Sen. Richard Shelby won. He switched to the Republican party two years later.
The numbers are still daunting for Democrats: 25 Democratic seats are up in 2018 as compared to just 8 for Republicans. But, with competitive races likely for current GOP seats in states like Nevada, Arizona and Tennessee, there is now a path for Democrats to win the majority.
Conservatives now have the greatest fight coming up in 2018 for control of the Senate. Hopefully there is a plan in place to make this a sweeping victory for the GOP and remove any major defeat like the Moore campaign brought us.