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    Alabama Senate Special Election – JONES wins

    Alabama Senate Special Election – JONES wins

    Quick Take — While this was a candidate specific loss, it certainly will be spun as part of a wave.


    AP and networks have called the race for Jones at about 10:25 p.m. Eastern.

    Moore led most of the night, but Birmingham (Jefferson County) was late reporting, and when it did, it swung the election. Jones won Jefferson County with about 70% of the vote.

    There will be hot takes galore. Here’s my “quick” take:

    Moore never could recover from the allegations of sexual abuse of a 14 year old and 16 year old. While he did manage to cloud the issue, with an assist from Gloria Allred, it wasn’t enough in the end. The polling showed Moore with a pretty solid 3-4% average lead, but the polls were off in what certainly was a hard to poll special election.

    While this was a candidate specific loss, it certainly will be spun as part of a wave that started in Virginia and will be a precursor of the midterms. It also means that the Trump agenda is on the ropes, with just a single vote margin next year. Tax reform needs to pass this year (since Jones will not be seated until next term), or it may not get done. You probably can forget anything else big getting done before the midterms, not with McCain and Collins and a couple of others who barely vote with Trump.





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    This election is starting to look dirty, as in “election fraud” dirty. The Alabama supreme court nullified an order requiring all digital records of the election be preserved. Somebody is hiding something. Such as, for example, how Montgomery County, the swing vote in the election and a majority black district, had better turnout for white Doug Jones than it did for Obama. Also, since Moore wants a recount, what better way to prevent its success than destroy ballot records?

    The original order, in part: “All counties employing digital ballot scanners in the Dec. 12, 2017 election are hereby ordered to set their voting machines to save all processed images in order to preserve all digital ballot images”

    According to “at 4:32 p.m. Monday, attorneys for Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and Ed Packard, the state administrator of elections, filed an ’emergency motion to stay’ that order, which the state Supreme Court granted minutes after Merrill and Packard’s motion was filed … A full hearing for the case is set for December 21, but the state has a green light to continue destroying its digital voting records until that time.”

    And it begins.

    What’s especially horrible is that the police investigated and found there was no basis for charges. That wasn’t enough for the lynch mob.

    “The woman said she reported the incident but Louisville police closed the case without charges.

    Johnson told reporters on Tuesday that the accusations were “totally false.” But leaders of the state Republican and Democratic parties had called for the representative to resign.”

    Everybody on this blog who made accusations = guilt by trashing Moore can congratulate themselves.

      Ragspierre in reply to SDN. | December 14, 2017 at 9:40 am

      The woman reported the assault to the Louisville Metro Police Department within months of the episode, but no charges were filed. However, her account was corroborated by family members, by her therapist’s notes from the first half of 2013 and by Facebook messages she exchanged with Mr. Johnson, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting wrote.
      The #MeToo Moment

      Mr. Johnson, 57, vehemently denied the report, saying at a news conference on Tuesday: “This allegation concerning this lady, this young girl, absolutely has no merit. These are unfounded accusations, totally.” He said he would not resign.
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      But at 4:59 p.m. on Wednesday, he wrote a rambling Facebook post that hinted at suicide.


      Mr. Johnson had been in the House for less than a year after defeating a Democratic incumbent in the 2016 election. During the campaign, officials in his own party had criticized him for inflammatory Facebook posts, including one that depicted Barack and Michelle Obama as apes, and another that read: “Allah sucks. Mohammed sucks. Islam sucks. Any of you Hadji’s have an issue with me saying this, PM me and I’ll gladly give you my address. You can come visit me, where I promise I will KILL YOU in my front yard!!”***

      Yep. TOTS well-anchored and rational innocent victim and strong Christian.

      Is suicide a Christian value thingy…???

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