It is now official that Democrat Doug Jones was declared the winner of its special Senate election. Republican opponent Roy Moore tried to launch a last-minute effort to contest the outcome.
An Alabama judge rejected Moore’s lawsuit attempting to delay certification of the results, saying that the court did not have the jurisdiction to rule in the case.
According to The Associated Press, the suit was filed in Montgomery Circuit Court on Wednesday night, with Moore requesting that the state delay the certification of the election results, launch a fraud investigation and hold a new election.
Jones later filed a motion to dismiss Moore’s lawsuit.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) said Thursday morning that he had no plans to delay declaring Jones the winner that afternoon.
“The short answer to that is no,” Merrill told CNN. “Doug Jones will be certified today.”
After state officials certified the election results, Jones said in a statement that he is “looking forward to going to work for the people of Alabama in the new year.”
Moore later issued a defiant statement, again blaming “Democrats” and “the Washington establishment” for his loss, and claiming without evidence that “election fraud experts across the country have agreed that this was a fraudulent election.”
“I have stood for the truth about God and the Constitution for the people of Alabama,” Moore said. “I have no regrets. To God be the glory.”