Roy Moore refuse to concede the Alabama special election, saying in a new video that his campaign is waiting for ballots to be certified. In a message issued by the campaign Wednesday evening, Moore said his campaign is still waiting for the official vote count from Alabama officials.
“In this race, we have not received the final count to include military and provisional ballots,” Moore said. “This has been a very close race and we are awaiting certification by the secretary of state.”
Moore lost Tuesday’s Senate race to Democrat Doug Jones and refused to concede on election night. The election will be certified no earlier than December 26 and no later than January 3.
In the video released Wednesday night, Moore thanks his family and supporters. He also appears to continue his campaign rhetoric, saying, “Abortion, sodomy, and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
In his video, Moore appears to place some blame on accusations against him for his election loss.
“Even our political process has been affected with baseless and false allegations which have become more relevant than the issues which affect our country,” Moore said. “This election was tainted by over $50 million from outside groups who want to retain power and their corrupt ideology.”
Jones is the first Democrat in a generation to win a Senate seat in Alabama, beating Republican Roy Moore amid a firestorm of allegations that the GOP candidate had sexually abused teens.
On Tuesday, Alabama voters elected Jones with 50 percent of the vote to Moore’s 48 percent in a special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The margin between the final votes was larger than the required .5 percent for a recount in Alabama. Moore was widely expected to win the race – a Democrat hasn’t held an Alabama senate seat in 25 years – until allegations of sexual misconduct emerged in reports from The Washington Post.