Roy Moore's request to halt elect certification denied by judge

Alabama certifies Doug Jones' victory over Roy Moore in Senate election

Late Wednesday, hours before the Alabama State Canvassing Board was scheduled to meet Thursday to certify Jones' victory, Moore and his campaign filed a lawsuit alleging that voter fraud had tainted the election results and requesting that certification be delayed.

Senate election results are certified in Montgomery by Gov. Kay Ivey, Attorney General Steve Marshall and Secretary of State John Merrill.

Democrat Doug Jones was formally declared the victor of the bitterly contested US Senate race in the southern state of Alabama on Thursday, whittling down the Republican majority in the chamber by a crucial seat.

"This desperate attempt by Roy Moore to subvert the will of the people will not succeed", he told the Post.

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In a brief meeting Thursday at the Alabama Capitol, the governor, attorney general and secretary of state signed paperwork certifying the final ballot numbers.

Mr Jones defeated Mr Moore by 21,924 votes in the election on December 12 in the strongly Republican state.

In a brief statement, Moore stood by his claims that the election was fraudulent and said he had to fight Democrats and over $50 million in opposition spending from the Washington establishment.

Mr Jones is a former USA attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klansmen responsible for the infamous 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. Once was for defying a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building. Moore was dogged by accusations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls that occurred decades ago.

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He also said he completed a lie detector test after the election that he argued proved the allegations against him were false. "To God be the glory", Moore said in a statement sent out more than two weeks after he lost the special election as a Republican in the deep-red state. The complaint also noted the higher-than-expected turnout in the race, particularly in Jefferson County. The complaint asked for a fraud investigation and eventually a new election.

The election result was a blow to President Trump, who gave Mr Moore his full-throated support, even as other Republicans distanced themselves following the misconduct allegations.

Moore did not say, however, whether he would seek a recount. The complaint cites conspiracy theorist Richard Charnin as an election expert who said that the chances of the unofficial election results being accurate were "less than one in 15 billion".

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