This past year has contained so many political firsts and twists in elections that I’m starting to view the entire American political landscape as an exciting TV show, almost like House of Cards. Whether it was the governor’s race in Virginia, where Democrat Ralph Northam beat Republican Ed Gillespie or Democrat Phil Murphy winning against Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno to replace to the historically unpopular Chris Christie, the many different elections were almost a far cry from the presidential election of the previous year.

 

Far from the many elections of 2016 where Republicans won the majority of the elections, Democrats have been finding themselves winning elections of all types that many political analysts didn’t see them winning initially yet pulled off miraculously. A prime example of this would be Danica Roem, a journalist and the first openly transgender person to be elected to Virginia legislature, defeating longtime delegate and self-described “chief homophobe” Bob Marshall.

 

Although with all due respect to the many individuals who were elected to public office during 2017, none quite shocked the nation as the results of the recent Alabama Senate election. Looking back on it, the vast differences between the two candidates is probably what captured the attention of the nation.

 

For The Democratic Party, there was Doug Jones, a pro-choice attorney most notable for prosecuting the perpetrators of the bombing of The 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963 along with securing an indictment against Eric Rudolph, a serial bomber once on the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted list.

 

However on the Republican side was Roy Moore, a former judge and with how he dresses, I’m assuming a John Wayne cosplayer. Moore was so insanely conservative and staunchly Evangelical that he thought simply being gay should be illegal, abortion is the devil and that the horrifying events of the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened because America “distanced itself from God.”

 

During the last weeks of the election, Moore’s campaign gained a significant amount of controversy. Since I can’t turn this article into a book, I’ll simply address arguably the biggest controversy that Moore’s campaign faced and that was easily the allegations that he sexually molested several different women, some of which were still teenagers while Moore was in his 30’s. Also, he said America was great before The Emancipation Proclamation because “families were united”, but that’s another story.

 

(NY Times)

The allegations of child molestation against Moore were of course denied entirely by Moore and his campaign. Yet, Moore kept making comments and suggestions that would’ve been a nightmare for any other PR team. However, his spokespeople seemed to vehemently stand by his claims during appearances on news stations. One such case was spokeswoman and anti-abortion activist Janet Porter, who repeatedly referred to Doug Jones as “Abortion Jones” and wouldn’t answer any of Anderson Cooper’s questions regarding Moore’s homophobic, Islamophobic and otherwise bigoted beliefs.

 

Although, Alabama is such a “deep red” Republican state that the last Democratic senator elected was current senator Richard Shelby in 1986, who switched to the Republican Party six years later. That’s why last Tuesday, it came as a massive surprise that Jones won the general election. Albeit by a margin of only 1.5 percent, Jones’ victory was nothing short of stunning. While the overwhelming majority of white Evangelical voters went for Moore, over 96 percent of black voters went for Doug Jones, especially 98 percent of black women.

 

In terms of his positions, Jones isn’t as on the left as Vermont senator Bernie Sanders or Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, but it’ll still be interesting to see how a Democrat changes a deeply red state.

 

Did you follow the Alabama Senate election? If so, Tweet me at @CaptainKasoff because I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.