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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

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Confetti falls as Democrat Doug Jones and his wife Louise wave to supporters Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Stunning win for Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama special election

Democrat Doug Jones eked out a win over embattled Republican Roy Moore in Tuesday's special election to fill Alabama's U.S. Senate seat, delivering a massive boost to Democrats and leaving Republicans with only the slimmest of majorities in the upper chamber. Published December 12, 2017

Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones speaks during a campaign rally Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Doug Jones faces uphill battle for Senate in Alabama

Democrats are now fretting that Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who was twice ousted from the bench, is poised to overcome allegations of sexual misconduct and defeat Democrat Doug Jones in Tuesday's special election for the Senate. Published December 10, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Pearl Harbor survivors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump's Florida visit meant to drum up support for Moore, but at a distance

PENSACOLA, Fla. | President Trump's scheduled visit here to the Florida panhandle Friday will put him about 20 miles from the Alabama border — close enough, analysts say, to rally his troops behind Roy Moore's controversial U.S. Senate campaign and yet still far enough away to avoid the stink of what would be an embarrassing GOP loss if Mr. Moore falls short next week. Published December 7, 2017

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2017, file photo, Alabama U.S. Senatorial candidate Doug Jones talks with the media after touring the Northport Medical Center, in Northport, Ala. Jones is the Democratic candidate facing Republican Roy Moore for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat in the Dec. 12 special election. (Vasha Hunt/ via AP, File)

Doug Jones says he is not focused on Trump endorsement of Roy Moore

Democrat Doug Jones shrugged off the news that President Trump officially endorsed his rival Republican Roy Moore in the special U.S. Senate race in Alabama, saying his focus is on being an independent voice for the people of his home state. Published December 4, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks at a fundraiser at Cipriani in New York, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. Trump is attending a trio of fundraisers during his day in New York. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump endorses Moore in Alabama Senate race, 'Go get 'em Roy'

DOLOMITE, Alabama | President Trump endorsed embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Monday, telling the candidate "go get 'em" in a phone call after weeks of sidestepping allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct against the Republican. Published December 4, 2017

Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones stops along the campaign trial to greet volunteers, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Trump's support of Moore may not counter Jones' attack ads

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. | President Trump isn't scheduled to campaign with Roy Moore in the final days of the special Senate election in Alabama, but the commander-in-chief's influence on the race is inescapable over the radio and television airwaves. Published December 3, 2017

Sen. Al Franken, Minnesota Democrat, was clinging to his Senate seat as long as he could while a series of women accused him of lewd behavior, but the emergence Wednesday of a seventh accuser proved too much for his colleagues. (Associated Press/File)

Liberal group calls for Franken, Conyers to resign

A liberal group is calling on Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Rep. John Conyers of Michigan to resign in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against both men. Published December 1, 2017

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Henagar, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Roy Moore back on top in Alabama Senate race: Poll

Roy Moore has regained his footing in the Alabama special election for a seat in the U.S. Senate, according to a poll released Wednesday that showed the Republican has taken back the lead from Democrat Doug Jones. Published November 29, 2017

Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam won a landslide victory earlier this month. Party activists are hopeful that they can erode the GOP advantage ahead of the census. (Associated Press)

Democrats focused on next round of redistricting

Ralph Northam's landslide victory in Virginia governor's race and Democrats' stunning gains in other state elections this month have given party activists hope of eroding the GOP's advantage ahead of the next round of redistricting. Published November 26, 2017