Most of America has already moved beyond the pyrrhic victory by Doug Jones over Roy Moore in last week’s special election in Alabama.
But committed supporters of Judge Moore are insisting it’s not over until it’s over.
Nearly a week after the election, Moore still refuses to concede to Jones.
Having sent a fundraising letter to his most loyal donors, it appears Moore is pressing for a recount in hopes that military ballots plus some errors (and perhaps some illegal voting) might account for the more than 20,000 vote deficit.
The trouble is Jones is supposed to be seated in the Senate early next month, which doesn’t leave much time for a full recount.
This could quickly turn into a rerun of the 2000 Florida recount debacle.
Here’s more from Redstate…
Roy Moore doesn’t know when to quit. Tuesday’s results in the special election to fill Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat granted Moore a place in the history books as the first Republican to lose a statewide race in Alabama in decades, but Moore is still refusing to concede the race.
The vote totals, according to the Alabama Secretary of State are as follows:
Doug Jones (D): 671,151 (49.92%)
Roy Moore (R): 650,436 (48.38%)
Write-in: 22,780 (1.69%)
Jones beat Moore by over 1.5%. Alabama law allows an automatic recount if the margin of victory is less than 0.5%; any greater than that, and a candidate has the option to pay for a recount themselves, an expensive endeavor.
There simply aren’t enough provisional or military ballots to change this result, but instead of calling Jones to concede on Tuesday night, Moore refused to concede the race.
President Donald Trump, who came out strong for Moore in the final weeks of the campaign, acknowledged the election was lost, tweeting that “a win was a win” and congratulating Jones. Trump reiterated that sentiment Friday, telling reporters that Moore “certainly should” concede the race.
Even the Alabama Republican Party issued a statementadmitting the “race has ended” and that they “respect the voting process.”