Moore refuses to concede after Jones certified winner

Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreFormer AG Sessions enters Alabama Senate race Campaign ad casts Sessions as a 'traitor' ahead of expected Senate run Doug Jones on potential challenge from Sessions: Alabama GOP primary will be 'really divisive' MORE is refusing to concede the Alabama Senate special election, even after Democratic opponent Doug Jones’s victory was made official by the state.

Moore issued a statement on Thursday reiterating his claims that voter fraud caused him to lose the election.

"Election fraud experts across the country have agreed that this was a fraudulent election,” Moore said in his statement. "I’ve had to fight not only the Democrats but also the Republican Senate Leadership Fund and over $50 million in opposition spending from the Washington establishment.”

Alabama officials certified Jones’s victory earlier Thursday, despite Moore’s claims of voter fraud.

ADVERTISEMENT

Moore filed a last-minute complaint late Wednesday attempting to block officials from certifying the results, but a judge rejected the challenge. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told CNN that his office had fully investigated the voter fraud allegations.

Moore lost to Jones earlier this month by about 1.5 points after a campaign that brought national attention for months before the Dec. 12 special election.

Moore was the front-runner to fill the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWhat are Republicans going to do after Donald Trump leaves office? Sessions vows to 'work for' Trump endorsement Sanford: 'It carries real weight' to speak against Trump 'while in office' MORE, despite a series of accusations of sexual misconduct, including assault, involving teenage girls in the past. Moore has repeatedly denied the allegations, and he said Thursday that he took a polygraph test after the election that proves the allegations are false.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE threw his support behind Moore at the last minute, even though other GOP leaders were calling for him to withdraw from the race. 

"I have stood for the truth about God and the Constitution for the people of Alabama,” Moore said in his Thursday statement. "I have no regrets. To God be the glory."