MOBILE, AL (WSFA) - Democratic Senate candidate Robert Kennedy, Jr. held his primary election night watch party in downtown Mobile but the results were not what he and his supporters were hoping for.
It quickly became clear that the Prichard native with the same name as one of the country's most famous political families would not win the race to carry the Democratic nomination as results came in at the Admiral Hotel in downtown Mobile.
Kennedy polled at nearly 50 percent in some polls, due to his name recognition. He believed his views on protecting the Second Amendment and being a fiscal conservative could help boost him to a win.
The defeat didn't keep Kennedy, a Naval officer turned corporate executive, from thanking supporters of his first run for office. He smiled, let them know he accomplished his goals for how his campaign would run. He said that was to act like they had some sense and to be good a good representation of his family and the Naval Academy.
Kennedy then expressed strong support for his opponent in the primary race, officially endorsing Democratic nominee Doug Jones.
"Doug Jones is the one candidate who is perfectly positioned to bring Alabama together and to lead Alabama forward," Kennedy said. "None of the name calling. None of the slime campaigns. None of the slime campaigns that you saw on the other side. Doug Jones, I haven't gotten a chance to speak with your personally, it has been my honor competing with you in this process, and I look forward to doing everything that I can do in order to ensure your victory in December."