In a year marked by everything being pretty flippin' terrible, last night was a total triumph. Doug Jones beat child molester Roy Moore in the run for the Alabama Senate seat and a flicker of hope renewed the hearts of many of us watching the results and fearing for the country. Thank you, Alabama! Thank you for making the right choice and saving us from having (another) sexual predator in office.
It was a close race, but Doug Jones eked out a win for the Alabama Senate.
via: Getty...And for the rest of the country. It's good to live in a country that didn't elect a child molester to the Senate, right? Here are some of the best reactions to last night's election:
Before the results finally rolled in, people were on the edge of their seats.
Desperately watching a needle quiver back and forth between good and evil is really too apt a fucking metaphor to end this year— Lauren Duca (@Lauren Duca)1513129945.0
Comedian Bess Kalb warned Roy Moore what would happen if he won:
I hope this doesn't freak you out, but @MooreSenate if you win tonight all our periods will sync up & we'll summon… https://t.co/xTpsjQyVLn— Bess Kalb (@Bess Kalb)1513127717.0
Some people (not from Alabama) commented on the fact that Alabama had never seemed quite so relevant in their personal lives.
Imagine telling yourself a few years ago that all of Twitter would be raptly watching an Alabama Senate race for so… https://t.co/LNTn5fWbtA— Nathaniel Friedman (@Nathaniel Friedman)1513132261.0
And then, IT HAPPENED! Roy Moore lost and Doug Jones won!
IT’S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! Yes, Virginia, there IS an Alabama!!— Stephen Colbert (@Stephen Colbert)1513141095.0
Jimmy Kimmel also had a brilliant dig:
Poor Roy @MooreSenate can't even drown his sorrows in an Orange Julius tonight #Alabama— Jimmy Kimmel (@Jimmy Kimmel)1513139782.0
Twitter also couldn't help but point out that, while the election ultimately had a good outcome, it's totally bonkers how close the race between a man who molested underage girls and a man who did not molest underage girls was.
2017: The year so bad that a child molester losing an election IN A SQUEAKER is enough to give you a spring in your step.— Justin “Hoops” McElroy (@Justin “Hoops” McElroy)1513136052.0
Emmy Rossum shed some hopeful tears after Jones' victory was announced:She also thanked the people of Alabama for taking a stand against violence toward women and children. The people of Alabama showed the entire world that we will no longer stand for that kind of violence from our politicians.
And of course, we can't talk about the election without talking about the importance of the people of color who voted for Doug Jones. Check out this graph:
For anyone wondering who to thank for the election of Senator Doug Jones. https://t.co/OZWUN7Jy0Z— Simran Jeet Singh (@Simran Jeet Singh)1513136273.0
And they showed up to vote while being systematically oppressed and having their access to the polls obstructed.
How perfect is it that Roy Moore said the US would be better off if we got rid of the Constitutional Amendments tha… https://t.co/Lod4Ja8uYL— Scott Santens 🧢🏄♂️ (@Scott Santens 🧢🏄♂️)1513173390.0
Mark Ruffalo also thanked black folks for their participation in this roller coaster of an election.
Love and decency prevails. Thank you Alabama! The black folks of Alabama saved the day. They should seriously get p… https://t.co/UgIxhmNZHi— Mark Ruffalo (@Mark Ruffalo)1513138799.0
John Kasich, the current Governor of Ohio and a member of the Republican Party, was also thrilled by Jones' win.
Thankfully, today enough Republicans chose country over party. Tomorrow we must redouble our efforts to support can… https://t.co/IMQrXqyUrF— John Kasich (@John Kasich)1513135705.0
Comedian Kumail Nanjiani had some good (albeit profanity-laced) advice for Moore:Listen, Moore. You've officially lost the race for the Senate seat (thank goodness). Now's the perfect time to take up a new hobby like woodworking, geocaching, or really pretty much anything except forcing underage women to date and have sex with you.
As happy as we are about the outcome of the election, we can't forget how close we came to having a known child molester in the Senate.
This is a “win,” to be sure, but it still begets the question: what would drive so many people to vote for a pedoph… https://t.co/kD5Mv75VJE— Sophia Benoit (@Sophia Benoit)1513136387.0
We can do this, America.
Am hopeful #DougJones winning today is a turning point for the better in our country. #makeamericawholeagain— Martina Navratilova (@Martina Navratilova)1513137803.0