Roy Moore, the loser in Alabama’s closely watched Senate race this month, has filed a late complaint seeking to delay the confirmation of the Democrat Doug Jones as the state’s new junior senator.
In a statement on Thursday, Moore’s lawyers called for a new special election and claimed Alabama “will suffer irreparable harm if the election results are certified without preserving and investigating all the evidence of potential fraud”.
State officials said, however, that Jones would be certified the winner on Thursday.
Moore, who was accused of assaulting teenage girls while in his 30s, lost to Jones in the 12 December race by roughly 20,000 votes, a margin of 1.5%. It was the first time Alabama had elected a Democrat to the US Senate in 25 years.
Moore refused to concede, citing unsubstantiated rumors of election fraud and claiming high Democratic turnout was improbable. Moore’s team filed its official complaint in the circuit court of Montgomery, Alabama, late on Wednesday night.
Jones’s transition team said the last-ditch legal challenge was “a desperate attempt by Roy Moore to subvert the will of the people”.
“The election is over. It’s time to move on,” spokesman Sam Coleman said.