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When will Doug Jones be sworn in to the US Senate?

When will Doug Jones be sworn in to the US Senate?”

The Alabama State Canvassing Board, which includes Gov. Kay Ivey, Secretary of State John Merrill and Attorney General Steve Marshall, signed the certification to officially confirm Jones' stunning victory over embattled Republican Roy Moore. Jones said he will be an "independent voice" in the Senate and will strive for "common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle".

Montgomery Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick on Thursday denied a last-ditch legal bid by Mr Moore for a restraining order to stop Alabama's canvassing board from certifying Mr Jones' victory.

Photo Roy Moore addressing supporters at a rally in Midland City, Ala., a day before the December 12 Senate election.

Democrat Doug Jones' historic victory over Republican Roy Moore was declared official Thursday as Alabama election officials certified him the victor of the special Senate election, despite Moore's last-minute lawsuit claiming voter fraud.

Prior to the certification the Secretary of State's office noted that Jones' final margin of victory was 21,924 votes, AL.com reported.

Swearing-in ceremonies for Jones are set for January 3 when the Senate reconvenes from its winter break.

He will fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when Sessions became US attorney general in the Donald Trump administration early this year. Alabama officials are scheduled to certify the results during a 1 p.m. meeting Thursday at the State Capitol.

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Moore was defeated in the race by Democrat Doug Jones.

As he launched his campaign, he said he saw an opening for a rare Democratic win against Moore, a polarizing figure in the state.

Merrill said earlier in the day on CNN that the challenge would not affect anything, and even President Donald Trump, who had supported Moore through allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s, had earlier called on him to concede the race.

"I have stood for the truth about God and the Constitution for the people of Alabama", the conservative Christian said.

He also said he completed a lie detector test after the election that he argued proved the allegations against him were false.

Moore's complaint also alleged "anomalous" higher voter turnout in Jefferson County, in which census data shows 43% of the population is black. The complaint cites conspiracy theorist Richard Charnin as an election expert who said that the chances of the unofficial election results being accurate were "less than one in 15 billion".



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