Jubilant Hollywood Celebrates Doug Jones Shock Win in Alabama

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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.