The stunning upset makes Jones the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama in a quarter-century and will trim the Republicans' already narrow Senate majority to 51-49, opening the door for Democrats to possibly retake the chamber in next year's congressional elections.
Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas referred to fellow Democrat Doug Jones as "Doug Moore" and associated his Senate election to the on-field protests conducted by NFL players in a since deleted Tuesday tweet.
President Donald Trump went back to Twitter Wednesday morning following Alabama's election stunner, claiming that he didn't endorse Republican candidate Roy Moore in the primary election because Trump knew Moore wouldn't be "able to win".
The legislative calendar is about to get very busy, with Congress still undecided on how to fund the government into the new year, find money to pay for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and enact this unpopular tax cut bill. Nevada's Dean Heller and Indiana's Joe Donnelly in particular have plenty to think about.
Still, many Washington Republicans viewed the defeat of Moore as perhaps the best outcome for the party nationally, despite the short-term sting. Now, bereft of a significant general election victory to call his own, Bannon's blitz is at risk of getting bogged down by a brewing GOP counteroffensive.
Vivica A. Fox and Amber Tamblyn also joined in the celebration. The pace of destructive weather events is quickening; the world is going from interconnected to interdependent; and machines and software are devouring ever more middle- and even high-skill jobs.
Trump did campaign hard for the state's sitting senator, "Big" Luther Strange, a placeholder appointed to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions.
"The people of Alabama have spoken tonight", Merrill said Tuesday night.
The Jones victory brought an avalanche of Democratic congratulations. "Only in Alabama could you send a white nationalist separatist who don't believe in race mixing to come to Alabama three times and get cheered at a Roy Moore rally". The question is can they do it?
"This is not the type of person we need in politics", King said.
The state canvassing board will declare whether an automatic recount is needed when it meets sometime between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3.
"It lowers the odds of getting anything done in 2018".
Had he won, the Republican brand risked being sullied by association with the judge, particularly at a time of national upheaval over sexual harassment and the right of victims to be heard.