Jubilant Hollywood Celebrates Doug Jones Shock Win in Alabama
Jones upset scandal-tainted Republican candidate Roy Moore in the Senate race.
Hollywood let out a collective primal scream of joy as Democratic Party candidate Doug Jones won the open Alabama senate seat in a huge upset win over Roy Moore.
Heading into Tuesday's election, Moore, dogged by sexual scandals and child molestation allegations, was expected to win a tight race, but as the night wore on it appeared Jones had mobilized enough women and African-American voters to take the seat with a slim majority.
The wholly unexpected win had Hollywood in rapture, with politically active stars, in particular, thanking the voters of Alabama personally for picking Jones over Moore (who, as of Wednesday morning, had yet to concede the race).
"We have shown not just around the state of Alabama, but we have shown the country the way — that we can be unified," Jones, who takes over the seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, declared during his victory speech.
President Donald Trump also reacted to the stunning upset in red-state Alabama, as the president had endorsed Moore despite the accusations leveled against the candidate. The first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, the Republican loss was a major blow for the president and an already divided GOP, their Senate margin now narrowed 51-49.
"Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory," Trump first wrote on Twitter, shortly after the results came in. "The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!" On Wednesday morning, Trump added, "Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!" He continued to tweet throughout the morning about the "fake news media" coverage and tweeted: "If last night’s election proved anything, it proved that we need to put up GREAT Republican candidates to increase the razor thin margins in both the House and Senate."
See the Hollywood reactions below.
Thank you ALABAMA!!— Doug Jones (@GDouglasJones) December 13, 2017
Love and decency prevails. Thank you Alabama! The black folks of Alabama saved the day. They should seriously get priority space at the table. pic.twitter.com/5vxMfJEQgY— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 13, 2017
NoMoore! Alabama, you rocked it!— Gina Rodriguez (@HereIsGina) December 13, 2017
ALABAMA!!!! Thank you.#DougJonesForAlabamaSenate— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) December 13, 2017
I was ready to feel that horrible thing I've been feeling for a year again tonight but then....but THEN! oh Alabama! YES!!!!!— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) December 13, 2017
I love you Alabama!— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) December 13, 2017
I have never in my life been so happy about something that happened in Alabama.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 13, 2017
THANK YOU ALABAMA !!!!!— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) December 13, 2017
Thank you to you brave women that came forward and persevered at great peril. I send you strength and peace. Thank you to Doug Jones for stepping up for what’s right. #AlabamaSenate #ROSEARMY https://t.co/OfoBEzEaTx— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) December 13, 2017
#DougJones has won the Alabama Senate seat vacated by #JeffSessions. I believe he will bring not just honor and pride to all the good citizens of Alabama, but a way forward to the decent jobs, education, and economy everyone wants.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 13, 2017
Thank you for restoring my faith in humanity, Alabama. And thank you for fighting for what’s right, @GDouglasJones.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 13, 2017
And thank you to every volunteer who knocked on doors, made phone calls, and that worked tirelessly to make this happen.
Thank you Alabama!— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) December 13, 2017
And thank you to everyone who worked so hard to elect @GDouglasJones.
This is what hope feels like.
Let's keep it up.
Everywhere. #AlabamaSenateElection pic.twitter.com/BMzj1GQk6f
Phew! I thought I was never going to be able to go to #alabama again. Thank you God.— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) December 13, 2017
Thank you African Americans in Alabama who organized and fought their way to the polls despite so much voter suppression. Thank you Selma once again. Respect. pic.twitter.com/aU3C1rG70A— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) December 13, 2017
There’s a limit to Trump, Bannon, and Moore politics. Thank God...and thank Alabama!— Jerry Springer (@jerryspringer) December 13, 2017
ATTENTION ATTENTION. Celebrate tonight, work to do tomorrow. Get on this, guys. https://t.co/kmnmixc05r— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 13, 2017
WEEPING WITH JOY !!! . Decency won tonight. God bless America. Thank you. Thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly to help people get to the polls, to get their voter IDs, who knocked on doors. https://t.co/uEcrGX063S— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) December 13, 2017
I just woke up in the middle of the night to make sure what happened when I went to bed is still happening. After Alabama, I’ve decided to start believing I’m G-d again. Congratulations, Alabama. Your vote counted. To all the women who came forward. Your voices were heard.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) December 13, 2017
Shout out to every last one of you who knocked on doors this week— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) December 13, 2017
Happy Hanukkah from me and one of Roy Moore's attorneys!— Carrie Brownstein (@Carrie_Rachel) December 12, 2017
Roy Moore’s sadly signing Bannon’s yearbook right now.— Jordan Klepper (@jordanklepper) December 13, 2017
IT’S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! Yes, Virginia, there IS an Alabama!!— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) December 13, 2017
According to Alabama state law, Roy Moore now has to eat his horse. https://t.co/8LVvznMR5y— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) December 13, 2017
What is this feeling?? Dare I call it hope???— Cobie Smulders (@CobieSmulders) December 13, 2017
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world." - Margaret Mead— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) December 13, 2017
Thank you to every Republican and Independent in Alabama who stood their ground & voted against a racist, homophobic, pedophile today.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) December 13, 2017
Holy shit!!!!! Does this mean I DON’T have to bury 2017 in the back yard?? Thank you, Alabama!!!!— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 13, 2017