BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Doug Jones, a Democrat who once prosecuted two Ku Klux Klansmen in a deadly church bombing and has now broken the Republican lock grip on Alabama, is the state's new U.S. senator.
Republican Roy Moore's supporters are expressing optimism as polls close in Alabama.
Supporters filed into Moore's election night party in Montgomery shortly before polls closed at 7 p.m.
"Watch party? It's a victory party," Moore campaign manager Rich Hobson told the crowd.
Becky Gerritson, the leader of a nearby tea party group, says sexual misconduct allegations against Moore have caused his supporters to rally around him harder.
"We're seeing his supporters digging in and they're pumped up," Gerritson said.
Reporters at Moore's election night party were kept behind a barricade in the back of the ballroom.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Latest on Alabama's U.S. Senate election (all times local):
Polls are closed in Alabama in the race to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
At time of national reckoning over long-suppressed misconduct by powerful men, the choice between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones has taken on outsized significance. Moore has faced allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers, dividing the GOP and giving Democrats hope of picking up a seat in a reliably red state.
President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee broke with top congressional leaders in standing by Moore despite the accusations, wagering that maintaining the seat in the Republican stronghold was of paramount importance.
Democrats are hoping to break their 0-5 streak in special elections for Republican-held seats in 2017, and looking for momentum heading into the 2018 midterm elections.