President Donald Trump handily won the Republican stronghold of Alabama, with 86% of the expected vote in.
Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville effectively flipped the seat held by Democratic Senator Doug Jones.
The upstart Tuberville is a former Auburn University football coach, and a staunch Trump supporter. Despite his new foray into politics, he was expected to succeed in challenging Jones, who won the seat in 2017 after sexual misconduct allegations derailed his opponent, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore.
Neither race was ever in question, as solid GOP support blankets the state, save for two pockets of Democratic support: an area surrounding Birmingham and a large blue swath that cuts through Montgomery, traversing the entire state.
In 2016, Trump won Alabama by 28 points. The last Democratic president to win the state was Jimmy Carter, in 1976.
Updated Nov. 3, 8:50 p.m.
Victory in the Senate for Republicans
Tommy Tuberville has captured incumbent Democratic Senator Doug Jones’s seat, with 62.5% of the vote.
Jones’s Senate seat was considered the most vulnerable of the fourteen up for grabs.
Updated Nov. 3, 7:13 p.m.
Donald Trump nears victory in Alabama
With 32% of the vote in, President Donald Trump is projected to win the state of Alabama, a Republican stronghold he won in 2016 to beat Hilary Clinton.
Upstart Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville is leading Democratic Senator Doug Jones.
Jones is unlikely to stave off the Republican challenge to a seat he won in 2017 after sexual misconduct allegations derailed his opponent, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore.
President Donald Trump is expected to easily carry Alabama, a Republican stronghold he won in 2016, while Democratic Senator Doug Jones is likely to lose his seat to a Republican challenger.
Out of the 14 seats up for grabs, Jones’s is considered the most vulnerable. His opponent, Tommy Tuberville, is a former Auburn University football coach and a staunch Trump supporter. Jones is unlikely to stave off the challenge to a seat he narrowly won after sexual misconduct allegations derailed his 2016 opponent, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore.
Trump won Alabama by 28 points in 2016. The last Democratic president to win the state was Jimmy Carter in 1976.
In addition to the presidential and Senate races, Alabamians will vote for seven seats in the House of Representatives, and special elections to fill two vacated seats in the House. Alabama is one of six states that allows voters to choose all the candidates of one party with a single mark on the ballot.
The state will have 1,980 polling places open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Leading up to the election, 329,657 absentee ballots were requested, and as of Oct. 30, 276,352 had been returned, according to the Alabama Secretary of State.
Alabamians had until Nov. 2 to return absentee ballots to their county Absentee Election Manager. If returned by mail, the ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2 and received by noon on Election Day.