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Doug Jones to Alabamians: 'You Have Taken the Right Road'

Doug Jones to Alabamians: 'You Have Taken the Right Road'
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By    |   Tuesday, 12 December 2017 11:35 PM

Democrat Doug Jones gave effusive praise Tuesday night to Alabama voters for his stunning victory in the special election for the U.S. Senate, declaring they had "taken the right road."

In an emotional speech to a cheering crowd, the former prosecutor called it "a night for rejoicing," and quoted the late Martin Luther King.

"Dr. King liked to quote, 'The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice,'" he said. "Tonight, ladies and gentlemen… in this time, in this place, you helped bend that moral arc a little closer to that justice and you did it, not only was it bent more, not only was its aim true, but you sent it right through the heart of the great state of Alabama ."

"Alabama has been at the crossroads," Jones added. "Unfortunately, we have usually taken the wrong fork… Ladies and gentlemen, you have taken the right road."

Jones at times seemed overwhelmed by his own victory over former judge Roy Moore — whom he did not mention by name in his victory speech, pledging instead to find "common ground" with Moore's supporters.

"We have work to do in this state, to build those bridges within this state," he said. "To reach across with those that didn't vote for us to try to find that common ground. I'm pledging to do that tonight."

"At the end of the day, \this entire race has been about dignity and respect," Jones said. "This campaign has been about the rule of law. This campaign has been about common courtesy and decency and making sure that everyone in this state… is going to get a fair shake in life."

He also pledged to go to work in Washington — but urged future colleagues to get down to business and fund the Children's Health Insurance Program, saying "don't wait on me."

"We've tried to make sure this campaign was about finding common ground and actually getting things done for the people," he said.

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