Roy Moore's failed Senate campaign is trying to block the certification of the Alabama special election results. Jones said he will be an "independent voice" in the Senate and will strive for "common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle".
Jones, the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Republican bastion Alabama in 25 years, will be sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on January 3 when Congress returns to Washington after the holiday break.
And Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told the Associated Press that despite Moore's lawsuit, Jones is still set to be certified the victor at that time.
Richard Charnin, the purported "expert" in voter fraud who has been cited by the Roy Moore campaign to claim that Democrat Doug Jones did not legitimately win this month's Alabama Senate special election, is a notorious conspiracy theorist who has claimed that he has "mathematically proved" that there was a vast conspiracy to assassinate former President John F. Kennedy.
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"The people of Alabama have spoken and Moore lost". Central time event, a Montgomery County circuit court judge had denied Moore's attempt to obtain a restraining order to stop the state's action.
During an interview with CNN, Merrill, who voted for Moore, outlined some of the voter fraud claims his office has had to deal with in the weeks that followed Jones's surprise victory and Moore's refusal to concede the race.
"People are entitled to their own opinion, but they are not entitled to their own facts", Merrill said, then detailing some of the voter fraud claims. Proof of actual voter fraud was thin, and it was unlikely that a federal judge would act on it to postpone the certification of the result.
Jones and Moore were competing to fill the U.S. Senate seat that previously belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The campaign has said that the complaint filed Wednesday includes an affidavit from Moore saying he had undergone a polygraph proving the truth of his denials.
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In an interview on December 15, Mr. Merrill, a Republican who voted for Mr. Moore, flatly declared: "I have not seen any irregularities or any inconsistencies that are outside the norm".
Mr Moore's lawsuit alleges that there were voting irregularities in 20 precincts and calls for a fraud investigation and a new election.
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 has denied wrongdoing and Reuters has not been able to independently verify the allegations. That move ultimately led to Moore's suspension and ultimately second removal from the state supreme court bench.
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Hasen said Moore's complaint might just be a way for him to fundraise and throw "red meat to his loyal supporters".