Daily Kos congratulates Alabama Sen.-elect Doug Jones; victory marks Dems’ 34th pickup of the cycle
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tonight, Daily Kos congratulated Democrat Doug Jones on his victory in the special U.S. Senate election in Alabama. Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore 49.6-48.8 percent to continue this year’s string of Democratic successes at the ballot box. Daily Kos endorsed Jones, and the Daily Kos community donated over $213,000 to his campaign via more than 11,000 small-dollar, grassroots donations.
“Daily Kos is not only pleased to be part of Doug Jones’ victory tonight, but we’re also thrilled to support a total rebuke of Republican Roy Moore and his history of racism, anti-LGBT bigotry, and child predation,” said Daily Kos Political Director David Nir. “Jones’ mainstream views on reproductive rights, addressing climate change, protecting DREAMers, and improving Obamacare make him a crucial addition to the U.S. Senate, especially at time when Trump and the GOP stand in stark opposition to the majority of Americans on all these issues.
“Moreover, the fact that the RNC and other national-level Republicans shamefully stood by Moore even as more and more women came forward to report his sexual misconduct will forever taint the GOP,” Nir continued. “Just as the election of Doug Jones was both a political and moral victory for progressives, Republicans’ support of Roy Moore will be an albatross around their necks in 2018 and beyond.
“Tonight’s victory in Alabama is not only a stark condemnation of the Trump agenda, it’s also another data point in the irrefutable trend of Democratic strength this election cycle,” Nir concluded. “Alabama’s results confirm the dire situation facing Republicans this election cycle: GOP candidates are consistently performing poorly and are on track to lose races at all levels of the ballot in 2018.”