- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Republicans flipped an Alabama Senate seat Tuesday as former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville handily beat incumbent Democrat Doug Jones.

The outcome was expected, as was Louisiana Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy’s cruise to re-election.

With 43% of the Alabama vote counted, Mr. Tuberville held a 62% to 38% lead. Most outlets called the seat a flip to the GOP just after 9 p.m. Mr. Cassidy held an even more commanding lead — 63% to 16% over Democratic Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins.

Both victories were widely anticipated, as Mr. Jones was rated the most vulnerable congressional incumbent. He squeaked into the seat in a special election in 2017 to replace former Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, who became President Trump’s first attorney general.

While in the Senate, Mr. Jones cast several votes that put him at odds with most Alabamians, who also gave the state’s 11 electoral votes to Mr. Trump Tuesday. Most recently, Mr. Jones announced he would refuse to meet with any judge Mr. Trump nominated to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose replacement, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, was popular in the Yellowhammer State, polls showed.

In Louisiana, Mr. Cassidy was never threatened, as Mr. Perkins was the only elected official who qualified for the race.

• James Varney can be reached at jvarney@washingtontimes.com.

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