Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) was clearly pleased with Alabama’s election results on Tuesday night, praising Democrat Doug Jones as the victor and slamming Republican Roy Moore.
“Doug Jones will be an outstanding Senator who will represent Alabama well,” Schumer said in a statement. “He was a great candidate and will be an even better Senator.”
Schumer went on to say, “Roy Moore was an awful candidate and never should have gotten to the Senate. But make no mistake about it, just like in Virginia, Democrats are energized, focused on the middle class and those struggling to get there, and things are looking better and better for 2018.”
Democrats are taking this win as a sign that their Party, which was crippled by the stunning loss of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, is roaring back. Jones’s win comes about a month after Democrats won the governorship in Virginia, and gained seats in the state’s House of Delegates.
Moore’s election was dogged by accusations that he had made sexual advances toward teenage girls when he was in his 30s. Despite that, President Trump openly endorsed Moore in the final stretch of the race, giving him a significant boost in the deep-red state.
Jones’s upset makes him the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama since 1992.