GOP leader asks Alabama's Doug Jones to 'do the right thing'...OK then!

National Republican Senate Committee Chairman Cory Gardner had expressed his opposition to Moore's candidacy in the polls due to the sexual assault allegations.

GOP leader asks Alabama's Doug Jones to 'do the right thing'...OK then!

Shortly after Democrat Doug Jones' win in Alabama elections, a GOP leader advised the Senate seat winner to "do the right thing" and vote as a Republican.

“Tonight’s results are clear –– the people of Alabama deemed Roy Moore unfit to serve in the U.S. Senate,” National Republican Senate Committee Chairman Cory Gardner said in a statement on Tuesday night. “I hope Senator-elect Doug Jones will do the right thing and truly represent Alabama by choosing to vote with the Republican party.” 

National Republican Senate Committee Chairman Cory Gardner (Getty Images)

Doug Jones on Tuesday became the first Democrat in a generation to win a Senate seat in Alabama, by defeating Republican Roy Moore. The Republican was caught up in a firestorm of allegations that he had sexually abused teenagers. 

Gardner had expressed his opposition to Moore's candidacy in the polls due to the sexual assault allegations.

The Republican senator for Colorado had tweeted on November 13 highlighting his support for the women who spoke against Moore and his alleged sexual misconduct. He also wrote in his tweet that Moore was "unfit to serve in the United States Senate."

"I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office,” Gardner had said at the time. “If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate," he said according to Newsweek reports.

Roy Moore during his campaign (Getty Images)

The Alabama Senate election was a historic upset for many voters, who have not elected a Democratic senator in nearly 25 years. The competition was neck and neck, where Jones emerged victorious with 49.5 percent of the votes by 11 p.m. on Tuesday, while Moore had 48.8 percent of the votes.

According to the Alabama Secretary of State’s website, the voter turnout in the state as of 11 p.m. ET was mere 30 percent. 

 



Reports state that black voters and voters from metropolitan area turned out in high number for Jones, while rural voters did not turn out for Moore. Around ninety-six percent of African Americans in the state, supported Jones, according to The Washington Post.

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