Tuberville beats Jones in Alabama, flips Senate seat for Republicans

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Former college football coach Tommy Tuberville scored a win over Democratic US Sen. Doug Jones in Alabama, marking the first seat to flip for the Republicans on Tuesday, according to a projection by the Associated Press.

Jones was widely considered the most vulnerable among Democratic senators seeking reelection, and his unofficial loss increased to five the number of seats Democrats need to flip to gain guaranteed control of the Senate.

In 2017, Jones beat Roy Moore, a former Republican judge, in a special election to succeed former Sen. Jeff Sessions, who President Trump had successfully nominated to be his first attorney general.

Jones, a former federal prosecutor, was able to eke out a narrow victory in solidly Republican Alabama amid allegations that Moore sexually abused an underage girl and tried to date others.

Sessions — who was forced out as attorney general by Trump in November 2018 — tried to regain his former Senate seat this year.

But Sessions lost a Republican primary runoff to Tuberville, a former Auburn University and Old Miss coach who had the president’s backing.

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