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Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones and his wife celebrate his projected victory over Judge Roy Moore at the Sheraton in Birmingham, Ala., 

“I have said throughout this campaign that I thought that Dec. 12 would be an historic day,” Jones said during his victory speech Tuesday night. “But I gotta tell you -- and you know where I’m headed -- Dec. 12 has always been an historic day for the Jones family.”

“This is, as you know, mine and Louise’s 25th wedding anniversary. My running mate, my partner. I could not have done this without her,” he added as he reached out to kiss his smiling wife.

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Senate candidate Doug Jones and his wife Louise greet supporters as he claims victory at his watch party in Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 12, 2017.

“This has been a wonderful night,” he said. “I am truly overwhelmed.
“We have shown not just around the state of Alabama, but we have shown the country the way that we can be unified,” Jones added.

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Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones and his wife Louise wave to supporters as they walk on stage during a rally Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Birmingham,

Jones, a former U.S. attorney, is projected by ABC News to have defeated Republican Roy Moore in a closely watched special election that gained national attention when several women accused Moore of sexual misconduct toward them. Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice, denied those claims throughout the race.

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Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones, right, walks to a news conference with his wife, Louise Jones, Dec. 4, 2017, in Dolomite, Ala.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting as of midnight Wednesday, Jones led Moore 49.9 to 48.4 percent, a difference of just under 21,000 votes.
Moore, however, refused to concede defeat late Tuesday, telling supporters that “it's not over.”

PHOTO: Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones, right, walks to a news conference with his wife, Louise Jones, Dec. 4, 2017, in Dolomite, Ala.
PHOTO: Senate candidate Doug Jones kisses his wife Louise on their 25th anniversary at the election night party in Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 12, 2017.

PHOTO: Senate candidate Doug Jones and his wife Louise greet supporters as he claims victory at his watch party in Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 12, 2017.
PHOTO: Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones and his wife celebrate his projected victory over Judge Roy Moore at the Sheraton in Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 12, 2017.