Citing God, Roy Moore Refuses to Concede After Alabama Loss | Sojourners

Citing God, Roy Moore Refuses to Concede After Alabama Loss

Telling supporters to "wait on God and let this process play out," Republican Alabama Senate hopeful Roy Moore refused to concede the race to Democratic rival Doug Jones after last night's special election.

In a two-minute speech, to chants of "USA! USA!," Moore frequently referenced God and quoted from the book of Psalms.

"We've been painted in an unfavorable and unfaithful light. We've been put in a reminds me of a passage in Psalm 40 — 'I waited patiently for the Lord,' and that's what we've got to do, 'and he inclined to me and heard my cry,'" Moore said. 

Moore, a evangelical Christian, faced the United Methodist Jones, who referenced his faith through the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Tonight is a night for rejoicing because as Dr. King said, as Dr. King liked to quote, 'The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice,'" Jones said to cheers.

"Tonight — tonight, ladies and gentlemen, tonight, tonight, 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 truer, but you sent it right through the heart of the great state of Alabama in doing so."

He also wished Jewish voters in Alabama a happy Hannukah, as the election fell on the first night of the Jewish holiday.

Though Doug Jones received enough votes to clear the minimal margin of victory required to avoid an automatic recount, Roy Moore left the stage refusing to concede, assuring supporters that "God is always in control." 

"It's not over, and it's going to take some time," he said.