Roy Moore Files Laughable Challenge To Election Loss

By on December 28, 2017
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Roy Moore, who was the Republican candidate for Senator in a contest held in Alabama earlier this month, is still refusing to concede his electoral loss to Democrat Doug Jones, who won the state despite overwhelming odds against any Democrat being victorious in any statewide office there.

Moore is unable to mount a recount campaign without funding it himself — his loss was outside of the required threshold limits for Alabama. So instead, he has decided to sue the secretary of state, alleging that person knowingly allowed ineligible voters to cast ballots on election day.

“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone,” Moore said in a statement announcing his suit, which he announced on Thursday.

Integrity is important, but Moore’s complaint comes on shaky grounds. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, who supported Moore in the race, said he saw no instances of voter fraud and still plans to certify the election win for Jones later Thursday afternoon.

Indeed, some of the evidence that Moore puts forth for election fraud is quite slim. It relies upon the testimonies of anonymous Breitbart comment makers, for instance.

Moore also includes in his lawsuit a polygraph test that he alleges proves he didn’t make sexual contact with several young girls in the late 1970s and early 1980s, toward the beginning of his legal career. Many women came forward during the campaign saying that Moore inappropriately touched them, and in one case attempted to rape them, when he was in his 30s and they were just teenagers.

While some had asked Moore to take a polygraph during the campaign, he refused to do so. This new polygraph test that Moore says he conducted is circumspect, however, since it was not administered by a neutral party. We don’t know, for instance, whether Moore took the test several times until he got the answers he wanted, what questions were asked, or if the test was taken at all.

All of this is a moot point, however, because the results of the polygraph test won’t change the fact that the people of Alabama have already voted in favor of Jones to be their senator. The allegations of voter fraud, which rest on the grounds of unfounded social media commentary, are also dubious, and will likely be ignored by any self-respecting court of law.

Moore is acting like a toddler, boo-hooing about an election that by all accounts he was meant to win. He lost that election, however, because of his terrible temperament, his backwards views on the LGBT community and racial equality, and his relationships with teenage girls as an adult. No amount of complaining can change the outcome of the election, or the fact that he was a terrible candidate.