Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore, 50%-48%, in last week’s special U.S. Senate election in Alabama, one of the reddest states in the country. He is the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama since 1992 (That Democrat, Richard Shelby, switched parties two years later and has been re-elected as a Republican four times since.). Texans last elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 1988.
A little over 1.34M people voted in this week’s special U.S. Senate election in Alabama, which translated into 40.5% turnout of registered voters. That’s roughly the number of votes cast in Harris Co. in the 2016 general election, when turnout was 61%.
Jones’s win was the latest in a series of mostly Democratic gains in special and regular elections since Donald Trump was elected president. However, this election was likely less a referendum on Trump, or an indicator of a national trend, than a rejection of a profoundly flawed Republican candidate.
That said, there are five implications for Texas from this race.
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