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WATCH: Roy Moore says Alabama Senate race is not over

Republican Roy Moore refused to concede Alabama’s Senate race to Democrat Doug Jones late Tuesday night, saying the “vote is not over.”

Less than an hour after Jones took the stage at his victory party to thank supporters for what media projected would be the first Democratic win of an Alabama U.S. Senate seat in 25 years, Moore, at his own party, cited a state law that would automatically trigger a recount for any race within a half a percentage point. As of late Tuesday night, Jones was leading by about 1.5 percentage points, according to the Associated Press, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Moore said several ballots, including those from the military, had not yet been counted.

“Realize when the vote is this close it is not over,” Moore told supporters.

CNN reported that Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said that the margin was not close enough to trigger a recount, and military votes were unlikely to change that.

The Associated Press and several other news outlets had called the election for Jones around 9:25 p.m., more than two hours before Moore spoke.

In a tweet earlier Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump, who lent support to Moore amid sexual misconduct allegations about his behavior toward teenage girls decades ago, congratulated Jones.

Trump said “a win is a win,” adding that Republicans would have another shot at the seat.

Jones will fill the seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions last year when Trump nominated him for attorney general. The term extends to 2021.

PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.

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