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The Real Heroes of the Alabama Senate Race? Black Women

Alabama Black Women Voters
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#BlackWomen is trending after election results

Progressives cheered the news Wednesday that Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama special senate election.

Many in and out of the state congratulated one group of voters in particular--black women.

The hashtag #BlackWomen was trending Wednesday morning as the demographic breakdown of the voter results came out, showing that a resounding 98 percent of black women voted for Jones.

That's compared with the 63 percent of white women who voted for Moore, despite the several allegations against Moore of sexual misconduct with women when they were minors.

Breaking down the votes by county, Jones won in counties with major cities and in Alabama's "black belt" region--a historically poor and working-class area in southern Alabama that is predominantly African-American. Analysts congratulated grass-roots organizing and increased voter turnout for the mobilization of Alabama's black voters--some of whom voted for the first time.

Needless to say, in this election, all the people of Alabama made their voices heard and their votes count.

And politicians shouldn't forget it.

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