By week’s end, Democrats’ excitement over Doug Jones’s upset win had been replaced by a more tempered view of the future in one of the nation’s most conservative states.
Doug Jones’s victory on Tuesday was a measure of the big benefits Democrats enjoy when they put more resources into reaching black and other minority voters.
Black women were critical to Doug Jones’s Senate victory. Most white women supported his conservative opponent, Roy Moore, although the Republican had been banking on even more.
Black voters surged, and Trump’s less educated version of the Republican coalition has eroded the G.O.P.’s traditional turnout edge.
Turned off by Roy S. Moore, Stephen K. Bannon and President Trump, African-Americans turned out at levels that ensured victory for the Democratic Senate candidate.
The defeat of Roy S. Moore, the Republican, in Alabama’s Senate election contains some worrying signs for the party as it heads into the 2018 midterms.