Days after Roy Moore lost his bid to fill Alabama’s empty Senate seat, he has still not formally conceded the race despite his roughly 20,000-vote deficit to rival Doug Jones and the pleas of his political allies.
Moore, a former judge removed from the bench twice, was already a divisive candidate even before allegations of sexual misconduct turned the statewide election into a national spectacle.
President Donald Trump, former White House strategist Steve Bannon and others who supported him throughout the campaign are now asking him to step aside.
“I think he should [concede],” Trump said Friday.
Sources indicate Bannon expressed the same desire in his post-election communication with the campaign.
As CNN reported, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill stood by the accuracy of the election and its results despite his support for Moore in the race.
“There’s not a whole lot of mistakes that are made,” he said. “The people of Alabama have spoken tonight.”