Indicating he might not go quietly, Republican candidate Roy Moore bypassed a concession speech in favor of promoting a recount after his loss to Democrat Doug Jones Tuesday in Alabama's special election. He subsequently released a video continuing his belligerent approach, again calling for a recount and casting blame for society's ills and his loss on liberals and outsiders.
In the video released Wednesday night, Moore thanks his family and supporters. He also appears to continue his campaign rhetoric, saying, "Abortion, sodomy, and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Moore also lays blame at the feet of his accusers and outsiders:
"Even our political process has been affected with baseless and false allegations which have become more relevant than the issues which affect our country," Moore said. "This election was tainted by over $50 million from outside groups who want to retain power and their corrupt ideology."
Alabama state law stipulates that a recount is automatically triggered if there is less than a 0.5 percentage-point difference between the candidates. Around midnight ET on Wednesday, Jones appeared to have a lead of 1.5 points with 99% of precincts reporting.
"(I)t's time to move on. Every race is tough. It's bitter sometimes. I think this one was one that the people of Alabama have now spoken a little bit, and they decided to heal," he said.