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Lessons from the Alabama Special Election

Lessons from the Alabama Special Election”

At only 26 percent of the population of Alabama, Black people represented 30 percent of the electorate, with 97 percent of Black women voting for Doug Jones (compared to white women's 34 percent).

African-Americans reportedly voted for Jones with 96 percent, according to CNN, higher than the Black vote for President Barack Obama in 2012, which was approximately 92 percent. "Black people deserve an independent political home", she tells Bustle.

Mauk and other Democrats noted that Jones had managed to carve out a win over scandal-hit Republican rival Roy Moore in a deeply conservative state where the Democratic Party was effectively dead. "We have to put a lot of effort into rebuilding that trust", she tells Bustle. "What's also not new is the consistent lack of investment by the Democratic Party, and progressive and liberal funders".

The splintering of the GOP also played a role in Jones' victory, but it's doubtful another candidate anywhere could engender as much bipartisan animosity as Moore.

Speaking to CNN, Perez chalked up the victory to unprecedented organization in a state which Trump won by 28 points previous year over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The praise is more so deserved when considering the hurdles erected to prevent Black women from turning out in support of their candidate. "They've made investments, both in Virginia and Alabama. It's about organizing", Ellison tweeted.

To build on the Jones win, the party needs to enhance its message to black communities, Cleaver said.

Solid-red Alabama suggests Democrats may be able to persuade more Southern whites to vote blue. In short, in an election where Jones' margin of victory was less than 2 percent, Alabama's near-unanimous black voters were the deciding factor.

But some warned the party not to buy into another time-honored political given: that black voters always vote for Democrats. Basketball star and native Alabamian Charles Barkley, a Black conservative, campaigned vigorously for him.

Democrats have "taken the black vote and the poor vote for granted for a long time", he said. "It's time for them to get off their ass and make life better for black people and people who are poor", he said.

Lee says black voters "were on the right side of history and the moral side of this election".

However, the initial gratitude was short lived by Barkley's following joke. Cory Booker of New Jersey, and U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia - descended on the state to stump for Jones.

Senator-elect Doug Jones has the support of female members of the Congressional Black Caucus and they are asking Republican leaders in Congress to let Jones join the Senate immediately or delay votes on major legislation until he gets there. Rather, his support came via the perseverance of black community organizers like DeJuana Thompson of Woke Vote, LaTosha Brown of #BlackVotersMatter, the Birmingham councilwoman Sheila Tyson, and the BlackPAC executive director, Adrianne Shropshire. So, you're thankful for what happened in Alabama? Jones said that he believed civil rights activists could have been wrongly prosecuted, while hate crimes went unpunished.

Moore faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.



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