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Alabama certifies Democrat's US Senate victory

Alabama officials certified Democrat Doug Jones as the winner of the state's Dec. 12 special Senate election after Republican candidate Roy Moore failed to convince a judge to stop the proceedings, The New York Times reported.

Moore had alleged that the result was tainted by voter fraud, claims that were rejected by Secretary of State John Merrill, who had declined to delay the certification.

Minutes before the result was certified, Judge Johnny Hardwick of Montgomery County Circuit Court dismissed a legal complaint filed by Moore, citing a lack of jurisdiction.

Jones, who won the election by about 22,000 votes out of more than 1.3 million cast, is set to be sworn in on Jan. 3, 2018, according to a report by Bloomberg News. When he takes his seat, the Republican margin in the Senate will narrow to 51-49.

Moore, a former chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court, has yet to concede defeat. The special election was called to fill the seat left vacant when incumbent Jeff Sessions left the Senate to become U.S. attorney general.