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Republican Roy Moore posted a “campaign statement” on YouTube Wednesday night in which he declared that he is still not conceding the Alabama special election to Democrat Doug Jones, despite Jones being declared the unofficial winner. You can watch the video above.
“We are indeed in a struggle to preserve our republic, our civilization and our religion and to set free a suffering humanity. And the battle rages on,” Moore told his supporters in the nearly 5-minute video. “In this race, we have not received the final count to include military and provisional ballots. This has been a very close race and we are awaiting certification by the Secretary of State.”
According to the unofficial results posted on the Alabama Secretary of State’s website, Jones holds a 49.92 percent (671,151 votes) to 48.38 percent (650,436 votes) lead. A recount would only be automatically triggered if the margin of victory is 0.5 percent or less.
Secretary of State John Merrill, a Republican, told CNN late Tuesday that it would be “highly unlikely” for Jones to not be certified as the winner of the election.
On Wednesday, Merrill told the Montgomery Advertiser that he is skeptical that overseas votes will be enough to alter the result.
“I don’t know how many ballots are going to be returned from overseas voters or how many provisional ballots there are, but I’m confident not all of them are going to be for one candidate,” he told the newspaper.
Moore did not give a concession speech Tuesday night, instead telling his supporters to hold out support.
“Realize that when the vote is this close, it is not over,” Moore said. “We still have got to go by the rules about this recount provision. The secretary of state has explained it to us and we’re expecting that the press will go up there and talk to them to find out what the situation is.
“But we also know that God is always in control,” Moore said. “Part of the problem with this campaign is we’ve been painted in an unfavorable and unfaithful light. We’ve been put in a hole, if you will.”
Moore told the crowd, “We’ve got to wait on God and let this process play out. I know it’s late, we can’t wait and have everybody wait ’til after 11’o clock, but the votes are still coming in and we’re looking at that. … It’s not over and it’s going to take some time.”
Jones delivered a victory speech to his supporters Tuesday night.