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Alabama Senate race could have implications for Texas, other states in 2018

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ABILENE, Texas - In a surprising upset Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore Tuesday night to become the first Democratic senator elected in Alabama in 25 years.

Dr. Paul Fabrizio, a political science professor at McMurry University, said even in deeply red or blue states candidates still matter. Fabrizio said Moore was a flawed candidate for several reasons, including past allegations of sexual assault, and Republicans were divided.

“It's a warning sign for other states as well including the state of Texas,” Fabrizio said. “We're a solidly Republican state and have been for a generation but will that continue?”

Fabrizio also said there was a trend in the Alabama election that was also seen a couple of months ago in the Virginia elections where Democrats did well.

“What really stands out is there was a movement among suburban women towards the Democratic Party,” Fabrizio said.

Fabrizio said that's something to watch for in the upcoming 2018 elections.

“You know if it just happened once like in Virginia or if it just happened in Alabama, it's easy to dismiss, but now it's happened in two elections, and you start to think is this going to be a trend for next year,” Fabrizio said.

According to exit polls, an estimated 98 percent of African-American women who voted cast ballots for Jones.     

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