This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.
Update: Doug Jones is giving his victory speech as I type this. His. Victory. Speech.
His. Victory. Speech.
He beat Republican Roy Moore to win the open Alabama senate seat, 50 percent to 49 percent.
Remember the joy of this win. Hold it close. You matter. Your voice matters. Your vote matters. It has always mattered. It will always matter. Never doubt it.
Original text of the post follows.
Support Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama. The special election is in December.
When Jeff Sessions was confirmed as the United States attorney general, his senate seat in Alabama opened. The governor appointed Luther Strange to fill it until the state could hold a special election on December 12, 2017.
Most of the news coverage has focused on the Republican side of things. Alabama is flagrantly Republican and strongly Trump-supporting. But there has been chaos on the Republican side. Though Strange is the incumbent, he’s still vulnerable because he has yet to stand for election. The Alabama Republican primary, held in August, was inconclusive and forced to a runoff. Strange is facing Roy Moore, a former judge who is best known for shenanigans such as installing a Ten Commandments monument at the state courthouse and trying to fight the Supreme Court’s ruling that allowed same-sex marriage.
Trump has endorsed Strange in a tweet, but we know how mercurial he is. There’s also the question of who supporters of Republican Mo Brooks will get behind. He was knocked out after the August primary was held. The runoff between Strange and Moore will take place on September 26.
Democrats could use the chaos to their advantage, if they play things precisely right. The Democrats held their primary in August as well and emerged with a clear winner: Doug Jones. He’s a former U.S. attorney who prosecuted two KKK members who were involved in the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham that killed four girls. Jones’s team succeeded in convicting the men of murder.
Let’s be dead clear. As with Foster Campbell’s run for the U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana in December 2016, the odds are long. Cook and the major political tracking agencies call this a solid or safe Republican senate seat.
That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a try. If the Republican primary stays messy, that could play to the Democrats’ advantage. Even if Jones does not win, we can make the race competitive, help Alabama democrats build their political infrastructure, and force the republicans to spend time and money on a seat that shouldn’t need so many resources. Even if Jones doesn’t win, we can win by draining their coffers and their energy.
So! Here is Jones’s campaign site:
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Read the Ballotpedia entry on Jones:
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