Madison County residents react to Senate race

Some who offered their opinions said they hope the election will allow for more bipartisanship moving forward.

Posted: Dec 13, 2017 9:52 AM
Updated: Dec 13, 2017 10:38 PM

For voters like James Bonones, the outcome of Tuesday's election caught him off guard.

"I lived here most of my life and I never thought Alabama wouldn't be a red state for any election and it's been 25 years since we had a Democratic senator and it's amazing to see one now.," Bonones said.

Bonones was part of the 57 percent majority in Madison County who voted for Doug Jones in the special election. 40 percent went for his opponent, Republican Roy Moore.

He and others argued that it wasn't just the sexual misconduct and abuse allegations against Roy Moore that caused Moore to lose their vote.

"He was removed from office multiple times, things like wanting to get rid of the amendments past the 10th Amendment. There are some important ones past that. He just seems like an outdated, caricature of what our, what somebody who should represent our state should be," Bonones said.

"What steered me away from Roy Moore was his stance on the, when America was great or the 'good ol' days.' That primarily persuaded me. It had nothing to do with all the accusations," voter DeAndre McCoy said.

WAAY 31 spoke with a several people throughout the morning in Madison County. Those who were willing to share their opinion on the election said they voted for Jones.

Some like Kristen Sidari-Lomas felt like Tuesday's election was spurred in part by leftover feelings regarding the presidential election.

"A lot more people realized how important it was to come out and vote. And I have a lot of friends that are liberals that they used to just not vote because we're in a red state and I think they realized how important it was to come out and vote," Sidari-Lomas said.

Others said they hope moving forward, there will be cooperation between senior Senator Richard Shelby and Jones.

"Hopefully, it will mean some bi-partisanship. And they can learn to work together. I would really like to see them work together so we can have ideas from both sides of the isle to progress Alabama," McCoy said.

Jones beat Moore 49.9 to 48.4 percent.

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