In A Rousing Victory Speech, Doug Jones Thanks Alabama For Showing Unity

"Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, you took the right road."

On Tuesday, Democrat Doug Jones won the Alabama special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. His Republican opponent Roy Moore's sexual misconduct allegations, along with anti-LGBTQ sentiments, connections to White nationalists, and other problematic views, had many calling for Alabama to be on the "right side" of history.

Many on social media rejoiced at Tuesday night's results, pointing to the possibility of Democrats taking back the Senate in 2018, giving credit to the Black voters who turned out in support of Jones, and praising the senator-elect's prosecution of Klan members who bombed a church and killed four young Black girls in 1963. 

Jones also delivered an uplifting victory speech on Tuesday night, in which he thanked his voters and those who worked hard to campaign for him, sending a message of optimism and unity, and even calling on Congress to act before he's even sworn in.

"You have all heard me say this at one point or another in this campaign, I have always believed that the people of Alabama have more in common than to divide us," Jones, who also celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, told the crowd. "We have shown not just around the state of Alabama but we have shown the country the way that we can be unified."

"I have said from the very beginning this campaign has never been about me, it's never been about Roy Moore," Jones continued. "It has been about every one of you, every one of you and your sons and daughters. It's all of those volunteers that knocked on 300,000 doors. It's the volunteers who made 1.2 million phone calls around this state."

Jones made sure to thank "the African-American community" and the "the Latino community" for their support, as well as giving a "Happy Hanukkah" shout-out to his "Jewish friends," adding, "This campaign has been about common courtesy and decency, and making sure everyone in this state, regardless of which ZIP code you live in, is going to get a fair shake in life."

Jones went on to ask Congress not to "wait on me" to "find common ground," asking them to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) before he's sworn in.

"Alabama has been at a crossroads. We have been at crossroads in the past," Jones said. "And unfortunately, we have usually taken the wrong fork. Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, you took the right road."

He closed his speech by calling this victory his "lifelong dream" and encouraged his supporters to "reach across with those that didn't vote for us to try to find that common ground." He ended with a nod to Martin Luther King Jr., saying, "The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice."

Watch Jones' full victory speech in the video below:

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