Roy Moore refuses to concede Senate race, puts hopes on recount

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(AL.com) — Roy Moore has frequently said, in social media posts, that he will never give up the fight.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore takes the stage after narrowly losing the election to Democrat Doug Jones during an election night watch party Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala. (Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com)

And after he lost the Alabama Senate election on Tuesday to Democrat Doug Jones, Moore is sticking with that mantra -- refusing to concede the race to Jones.

He waited more than a hour after the race was called to address supporters in downtown Montgomery late Tuesday night, then told them to wait some more.

"Realize when vote is this close, it's not over and we still have to go by the rules," Moore told the crowd, which cheered when he appeared on stage.

Even as Moore refused to surrender, Alabama GOP Chair Terry Lathan issued a statement late Tuesday night acknowledging Jones' win -- concluding her statement with "now that this race has ended."

"Alabamians are conservative and have no intentions of moving toward the policies of the Democrat Party," Lathan said in her statement. "If Mr. Jones aligns himself with the liberal Democrats in Washington, Alabama voters will remember his choices in the 2020 U.S. Senate election."

Moore spoke for less than three minutes. He closed by vowing to resume the fight on Wednesday and urged his supporters to stand by his side.

"Let's go home and sleep on it and we'll take it up tomorrow," Moore said before exiting the stage.

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