The state of Alabama has certified Democrat Doug Jones’ victory over Republican Roy Moore in this month’s special Senate election, several news outlets reported Thursday.
Moore had refused to concede the election result and filed a complaint Wednesday alleging voter fraud may have occurred. In his lawsuit, Moore called for a delay in the certification of the results that declared Jones officially the winner and asked for “a new special election.”
However, Alabama Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick denied Moore’s attempt to block Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill from certifying the election.
In a statement Thursday, Jones said he was “looking forward to going to work” in the new year.
“As I said on election night, our victory marks a new chapter for our state and the nation,” he continued. “I will be an independent voice and work to find common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get Washington back on track and fight to make our country a better place for all.”
Merrill said his office had received more than 100 reports of voter fraud from Moore’s supporters, including from a town that doesn’t exist, according to CNN.
Jones defeated Moore in the special election to fill the Senate seat vacated when President Donald Trump appointed Alabama’s own Jeff Sessions to be attorney general.
The Alabama election drew national attention, thanks in large part to the controversial candidacy of Moore, a Republican former judge with a history of incendiary comments and controversial actions.
Several women came forward alleging sexual assault and harassment by Moore in the past as the campaign progressed. Some of the allegations included saying Moore had sexually abused teenage girls. President Trump, who initially supported Alabama Republican Sen. Luther Strange, endorsed Moore following the primary, reaffirmed his support of Moore because “he denied all allegations.”