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Roy Moore Tries And Fails to Stop Alabama Appointing Doug Jones to Senate

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A judge denied Moore's complaint of voter fraud.

Alabama is expected to officially name Doug Jones to the Senate today at 1 PM EST, making him the first Democrat in 25 years to fill the seat for the state. But Roy Moore has other plans--the Republican candidate, who lost the race by about 22 thousand votes, filed a lawsuit late last night to block Jones' appointment, claiming "systematic voter fraud," Deadlinereports.

Alabama Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick has since denied Moore's attempt to halt Jones' certification, and today's proceedings will carry on as planned, CNNreports.

Moore's campaign did not cite any evidence to support their claims. They did, however, explain in a statement that the Republican had taken a lie detector test in response to the many allegations of sexual harrasment and assult against him. "As I had expected, the results of the examination reflected that I did not know nor had I ever had any sexual contact with, any of these individuals," the statement reads.

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No existing evidence corresponds with Moore's suit. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told CNN of Moore's refusal to accept the loss: "Will this affect anything? The short answer to that is no."

Jones remains on track to be sworn into the Senate on January 3 following the certification of his win today.

"We will sign the documents certifying him as the senator for the state of Alabama," Merrill continued. "He will be sworn in by Vice President Pence on January 3 when the Senate returns."

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