December 12, 2017 Share


PHOTO: Roy Moore at an earlier rally in Huntsville, Alabama. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — (Video at the Bottom) (UPDATED) At about 10:30 pm tonight, Roy Moore addressed the media and supporters regarding the race for U.S. Senate.

Before Moore took the stage, Campaign Chairman Bill Armistead informed the crowd of Alabama recount procedures.

“In Alabama, a difference of 0.5 percent or less triggers an automatic recount,” said Armistead. “We’ve still got votes to count, and we still need to get in the military votes.”

Moore then addressed supporters, “That’s what we’ve got to do, is wait on God, and let this process play out,” Moore tells supporters in Montgomery, in part.

UPDATED: (December 13, 9:30 am): With 100 percent precincts reporting, Jones has 671,151 (49.9 percent) to Moore’s 650,436 (48.4 percent); a difference of 20,715 votes (1.5 percent). 

The threshold for an automatic recount is a 0.5 percent difference, meaning that Moore is shy one percent for the recount. The difference would need to be 6,722 votes instead of 20,715.

After Moore announced he would not be conceding yet, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told CNN it would be, “highly unlikely” that Jones is not the winner.

Merrill also told CNN that in recent recounts, the vote totals only changed by, “three or four votes” after the recount.

If Moore wants a recount and it’s not within the threshold, a recount can be performed, but at the Moore campaign’s expense, not the taxpayers.

While the race has been won by Doug Jones, the votes will not be officially certified until the end of this month, meaning that if Moore demands a recount, it will drag the process out for several more weeks.

Around 9:30 pm, multiple media outlets, including the AP, called the race for Doug Jones (D – Birmingham).

Watch the Video of Moore speaking to supporters: 


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