UPDATE: Judge renders decision on Roy Moore effort to block Alabama election result

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UPDATE
BREAKING: Judge Johnny Hardwick denies Roy Moore’s request for a temporary restraining order in the special election he lost to Democrat Doug Jones.  Thus, Jones will be certified today as the winner.

ORIGINAL STORY
The special election that was held earlier this month, in Alabama, resulted in a Democrat filling the open Senate seat left by Jeff Sessions, who now serves as the nation’s attorney general. It’s the first time a Republican has lost a Senate election in the conservative state in 25 years.

The loser in the race, Republican Roy Moore has filed a lawsuit to try to stop Alabama from certifying Democrat Doug Jones as the winner.

The court filing occurred about 14 hours ahead of Thursday’s meeting of a state canvassing board to officially declare Jones the winner of the Dec. 12 special election. Jones defeated Moore by approximately 20,000 votes.

Moore’s attorney wrote in the complaint, filed late Wednesday, that he believes there were irregularities during the election, and said there should be a fraud investigation and, eventually, a new election.

President Trump had asked Moore to concede the victory to Jones, but his request was ignored.

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