Kerry Washington was among the celebrities congratulating Doug Jones after he defeated controversial candidate Roy Moore in the race for the U.S. Senate seat for the state of Alabama.
The competition had been hitting headlines due to the allegations made against Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by eight women, five of whom claim they were teenagers when the politician pursued them in his 30s.
Moore, now 71, has denied all the allegations but faced strong opposition from celebrities including Uma Thurman and Connie Britton, who urged their followers not to vote for someone accused of such behavior.
On Tuesday, Jones became the first Democrat in 25 years to win a Senate seat for Alabama, and Scandal star Kerry was among those celebrating.
Alabama. I want to thank every single 1 of u who voted for #DougJones4Senate because today u voted for a more perfect union. A place where we ALL matter. God bless u. 🙏🏾
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) December 13, 2017
“Alabama. I want to thank every single 1 of u (sic) who voted for #DougJones4Senate because today u voted for a more perfect union. A place where we ALL matter. God bless u,” she tweeted.
“I can’t remember the last time I cried tears of joy. Alabama, thank you. Thank you for taking a stand against violence towards women and children. The kind of leaders we want in our country is clear,” Shameless star Emmy Rossum wrote, while Julianne Moore tweeted, “Congratulations #DougJones!! Congratulations #Alabama!!!!”
I can't remember the last time I cried tears of joy. Alabama, thank you. Thank you for taking a stand against violence towards women and children. The kind of leaders we want in our country is clear. 🙏
— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) December 13, 2017
“WEEPING WITH JOY !!! Decency won tonight. God bless America. Thank you. Thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly to help people get to the polls, to get their voter IDs, who knocked on doors,” Debra Messing added.
Patricia Arquette also took to her Twitter, writing, “Thank you for everyone who canvassed & called & worked your asses off for Doug Jones to win. Thank you to Black voters who saved us again!”, while Fifth Harmony singer Lauren Jauregui tweeted a simple “PRAISE THE LORD”.
And A Wrinkle In Time director Ava DuVernay added: “Hope lives! Never give up on this gorgeous mystery called Life. A Democrat from Alabama? Hope lives.”