MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Republican Tommy Tuberville coasted to victory Tuesday night, leaving Democratic Sen. Doug Jones as a one-term senator.
But even with the loss, Rep. Terri Sewell, D-District 7, and Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa, tried to keep the crowd at the Jones watch party enthusiastic Tuesday night.
“We’re so excited for what we’ve done when I think about how many contacts we’ve made," Sewell said.
The leaders gave much credit to Jones.
“So the party has grown. And thanks to Sen. Doug Jones, we have expanded our reach and we have expanded our base," England said.
So what is the future of the Alabama Democratic Party after the senator’s loss? Auburn University at Montgomery political science assistant professor Nicholas Howard adds some context.
“They’re absolutely right to be excited, but in terms of interest and involvement this is a record turnout for both sides," Howard said.
Howard said he’ll know if there’s momentum for Alabama Democrats if more of them begin running in local races.
“If we see more democrats running against currently unopposed republican seats that’s a sign that the Democratic Party really built on Sen. Jones occupying the seat to outreach and say to democratic potential candidates that they can win," Howard said.
Democrat leaders said they have expanded their digital reach across the state exponentially.
“We still have some work to do. But the future is bright or basis energized. And we are ready to win some elections," England said.
Sewell said, "Our infrastructure is growing. Our party is growing and we are getting stronger every single day.”
Tuberville won by about 20 points against Jones, according to unofficial results.