Democrat Doug Jones won the Alabama Senate seat in the Dec. 12 vote, flipping a characteristically Republican state for the first time since 1992. But Jones' opponent Roy Moore, whose campaign was fraught with allegations of him sexually harassing teenage girls while he was in his thirties, is refusing to concede.
The race was first called by the Associated Press, according to The Washington Post. Moore maintained that the numbers could still change.
"Realize that when the vote is this close that it’s not over," he said. "We also know that God is always in control."
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said a recount could be ordered if the military ballots and write-ins narrowed the margin of defeat to 0.5 percent.
Jones won the vote by a margin of 1.5 percent, garnering 49.9 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting, according to The Guardian.
African American voter turnout was largely responsible for Jones' election, with 95 percent having voted in his favor. In contrast, just 27 percent of white Alabamians voted Democratic, although percentages varied with education, age and gender. Two percent of voters wrote in a candidate, The Post reports.
Jones delivered an energized speech upon learning his victory at around 10 p.m., causing the crowd to chant "USA! USA!" according to The Guardian.
"This entire race has been about dignity and respect," Jones said. "This campaign has been about the rule of law. This campaign has been about common courtesy and decency and making sure everyone in this state, regardless of what zip code you live in, is going to get a fair shake."
Unlike the candidate he endorsed, President Donald Trump appeared to have accepted Moore's defeat.
"Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory," Trump tweeted shortly after the results were announced. "The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!"
Trump later denied that he ever truly thought Moore would win, according to The Independent.
Jones' election is a sharp blow to the Republican party. Though they still maintain a Senate majority of 51 to 49, one defecting Senator could cost them their majority vote, The Guardian reports.
Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee is known to defect, meaning the Republican party might lose a significant amount of influence.
Sources: The Washington Post via MSN, The Guardian, Donald Trump/Twitter, The Independent / Featured Image: Tim Evanson/Flickr / Embedded Images: Doug Jones For Senate Committee via Wikimedia Commons, Ron Cogswell/Flickr