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In what was arguably one of the most hotly contested campaign races in recent Senatorial history, Alabama Democrat Doug Jones is projected to have beaten Republican Roy Moore for the Senate seat vacated by former Senator Jeff Sessions when he left to become Trump’s attorney general. Unsurprisingly, Jones supporters on Twitter rejoiced while Moore fans (metaphorically) gnashed their teeth. Here’s a roundup of some of the most popular and widely shared tweets of the night.
Jubilant Jones Supporters
Hillary Clinton’s widely shared tweet contained an inspiration message to American Democrats in the Age of Trump: “Tonight, Alabama voters elected a senator who’ll make them proud. And if Democrats can win in Alabama, we can — and must — compete everywhere. Onward!”
Alabama native Charles Barkley, who supported Jones even though he is usually a Republican, called the election “one of the greatest nights of my life.”
Others focused on how Moore’s victory continues an apparent pattern of President Trump endorsing candidates who then go on to lose:
“Strange” of course is a reference to Luther Strange, whom Moore defeated in Alabama’s Republican senatorial primary.
However, Trump himself responded with what is for him a remarkable show of grace and good humor:
Jones himself responded modestly:
Morose Moore Fans
Of course, not everybody on Twitter was happy with the results — or even willing to accept them.
Wikileaks’ Julian Assange responded to Trump’s gracious tweet by asking “I wonder how many dead people and illegal aliens voted for #DougJones?”
Fox News host Todd Starnes did not dispute the results, but did view them with dismay:
Some Trump fans viewed Moore’ defeat as a sign they need to work harder to defeat the Democrats:
Before the votes were counted, some Moore fans offered pre-emptive reasons why a Moore win would discredit alleged victims of sexual assault: