In a surprising political turn of events, Democrat Doug Jones won the election as the new Senator of the state of Alabama, which is usually a Republican state. Jones was going up against Republican Roy Moore, who has been in the media spotlight under allegations of sexual harassment and pedophilia. However, many voters showed up to the polls this year to bring a Democrat into the Senate for Alabama. More importantly, black voters came through for Doug Jones. According to CNN, 98% of black women who voted on Tuesday voted for Doug Jones. As well, 93% of black men voted for Jones. Black women made up 17% of the voters, while black men made up 11% of the voters.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) December 13, 2017
— Mark Berman (@markberman) December 13, 2017
Alabama is 69.3% white, 26.8% black; according to exit polls from @washingtonpost 30% of all Alabama voters in this race were black (and most of them voted for Jones). That's amazing turnout in the same state that has spearheaded minority voter suppression (see Shelby v. Holder). https://t.co/aNqYSxsAnu
— Suraya Khan (@surayakhan) December 13, 2017
— Quwn ✨ (@Q_Corleone) December 13, 2017
Black women came to the Alabama polls (despite massive widespread voter suppression) like pic.twitter.com/U6OIoT4vsT
— Robin Thede (@robinthede) December 13, 2017
And, many agree.
WHEN WE SHOW UP, CHANGE HAPPENS. #JUSSAYIN’??♀️
— Cynthia Scott (@BombshellNana) December 13, 2017
The future belongs to black women. They must be elevated, respected, supported and above all, they must be heard.
— DB (@DavidBeltran) December 13, 2017
— David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) December 13, 2017
— KJS (@kjsen15) December 13, 2017
Yep. Again they donned the cape and saved the day pic.twitter.com/6HP9bubFEy
— JJ Outlaw (@JJOutlaw) December 13, 2017
— Ché (@hawaiiflybro) December 13, 2017
— Daemon Smith (@LincolnOne) December 13, 2017
Thank you to all those beautiful women!
— ??Kristie?❄ (@KristieCurrie) December 13, 2017
THANK YOU!!!!!! You have saved this country!!!
— Carolina Blue (@greenpatchgrp) December 13, 2017
— MomBombed (@MomBombed) December 13, 2017