In a tight race against scandal-ridden Republican Roy Moore, Democratic candidate Doug Jones won the Alabama Senate seat.
Jones, who served as a United States and private practice prosecutor is prolifically known for bringing to justice Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr. and Bobby Frank Cherry. The two were active members of the Ku Klux Klan and participated in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing that killed four girls. Both Blanton and Cherry were sentenced to life in prison.
Despite his legal achievements, it was not certain that Jones would win the Senate seat because Alabama has not had a Democratic senator in 25 years.
Also, his opponent, Roy Moore had an overwhelming amount of support despite accusations of bigotry, sexual pursuing and molestation of teen girls. As we previously reported, millennial white women told Cosmopolitan that despite Moore's questionable character, his values and beliefs aligned with their own.
"Amy Jo Underwood who is a college junior and Moore campaign intern shared why she decided to work for the Senator candidate. She also justified why women should vote for him. "He's not coming from a more political angle, like a lot of politicians are, where they see it as a game and a power play. He is a judge. He went to law school. He just applies the law as he sees it. So I really appreciate that. As a poli sci major, I have a lot of respect for that," she claimed."
Although the Washington Post exit graph polls show 63 percent of white women voted for Moore, it also documented that 98 percent of Black women (along with 93 percent of Black men) in Alabama voted for Jones, leading the Democrat to victory.
Black Women Save The Day
Upon the election results, #BlackWomen began trending on Twitter, showcasing how the Black female vote helped the Democratic party make Alabama a Blue state.
Aside from celebrating Jones win, social media users created a call to action to political organizations and corporations. They expressed the need for more political parties and companies to start hiring Black women to work on campaigns or other social justice agendas. It also requested that the needs of Black women who live in rural Alabama should take precedence when Jones takes office.
For non-Black folks praising Black women in tonight's election - do more. Support Black women. Stand up for Black women. Hire Black women. Vote for Black women.
— ReBecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) December 13, 2017
TWITTER: black women!! they did that!!! yaaaas!! BLACK WOMEN: we’d just like to say- TWITTER: y’all need to support black women more!! let them speak!! who run the world??? BW: you can support us by- TWITTER: [tune of ‘moon river’] blaaaaack woooomeeeeen — demi adejuyigbe (@electrolemon) December 13, 2017
Black women carry this nation on their backs.
— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) December 13, 2017
"Black Women are God"
"Black Women saved this country"
Us: So what is y'all plan to uplift black women in tangible ways beyond social media praise?
— Craig's VCR (@Craigs_VCR) December 13, 2017
Smiling with triumphant energy, Doug Jones orated a speech that spoke of unity. “We have shown the country the way that we can be unified. This entire race has been about dignity and respect. This campaign has been about the rule of law," he said.
President Trump congratulated Jones but said Republicans will take back the seat soon.