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Roy Moore Suing to Block Certification of Alabama Senate Race

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Alabama Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore. (Photo JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Roy Moore’s Alabama senate campaign launched a last-minute court battle Wednesday trying to block his loss in Alabama’s special Senate election from becoming official.

Democrat Doug Jones defeated Moore by about 20,000 votes. Moore, the Republican former justice of the state Supreme Court received President Donald Trump and Steve Bannon’s endorsement. The election on December 12 filled the Senate seat of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Moore refuses to concede the election, which many expected him to win until allegations of sexual misconduct with underage girls emerged. Moore denied all of the allegations of misconduct stating he never pursued a teenage girl without her mother’s permission.

The Alabama State Canvassing Board meets Thursday afternoon to certify Jones’ victory. But the Moore campaign filed a complaint late Wednesday night in state circuit court in Montgomery, the state capital, seeking a temporary restraining order to postpone the certification, alleging “potential election fraud that improperly altered the outcome of this election,” Moore said in a statement released by his campaign.

This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone.”

Moore’s statement gives few details of the purported irregularities, which it says were substantiated “with a reasonable degree of statistical and mathematical certainty” by three “election experts”.

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