Fox News, AP calls Alabama Senate race for Doug Jones

Doug Jones

Fox News and the Associated Press have both called the Alabama special election for Doug Jones, making him the first Alabama Democrat to be elected to the U.S. Senate in nearly a quarter of a century.

The once long-shot Democrat bested his opponent Republican Roy Moore following a tumultuous campaign season.

He had 49.6 percent of the vote when The Associated Press called the race with 89 percent of precincts reporting. Moore, a former Alabama chief justice, had 48.8 percent

Jones’ win shrinks the Republicans majority to 51 seats in the Senate.