MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate outright Tuesday night, besting seven other candidates on the primary ballot with more than 60 percent of the vote.
"Look, let me tell you something," Jones said to his supporters at the Five Bar Diner in Birmingham. "All my life I have worked for folks to make sure people have equal opportunities to be treated fairly, treated the same under the law, treated with dignity and with respect."
As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, with more than 90 percent of the precincts reporting, Jones had 64 percent of the vote, far ahead of the second place candidate, Robert Kennedy Jr., with 19 percent.
"I was surprised," Jones said. "We were hoping for a runoff. I think the reputation with my job as U.S. attorney, I think I will be able to have the immediate respect freshmen senators don't have."
Kennedy later conceded the primary race and endorsed Jones.
Jones made a name for himself by prosecuting two members of the Ku Klux Klan for their role in the 1963 bombing in Birmingham that killed four girls at the 16th Street Baptist Church.