MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Republican Roy Moore on Friday told supporters that the “battle is not over” ineven though President Donald Trump and others have .
Moore sent a fundraising email to supporters asking for contributions to his “election integrity fund’ so he could investigate reports of voter fraud.
“I also wanted to let you know that this battle is NOT OVER!” he wrote.
Democrat Doug Jones on Tuesday defeated Moore by about 20,000 votes, or 1.5 percent, according to unofficial returns. Jones was able to energize a traditionally weak Democratic network, CBS News’ Manuel Bojorquez. He was buoyed largely by millions in outside money and outspent Moore 10 to 1. His campaign says supporters knocked on 300,000 doors and made more than one million calls.
But Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s, has not yet conceded the heated Alabama race to fill the seat that previously belonged to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Moore told supporters that the race was “close” and some military and provisional ballots had yet to be counted. Those are expected to be counted next week.
Moore said his campaign is collecting “numerous reported cases of voter fraud” to send to the secretary of state’s office.
Secretary of State John Merrill has said it is unlikely that the last-minute ballots will change the outcome of the election or even trigger a recount.
Merrill said his office has investigated reports of voting irregularities, but “we have not discovered any that have been proven factual in nature.”
Mr. Trump, who had endorsed Moore, called Jones to congratulate him on his win. On Friday, as he briefly spoke with reporters, Mr. Trump said he believed Moore should concede the race.
The results of Alabama’s Senate race will be certified between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3 after counties report their official totals.
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