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[ NEWSWEEK ] Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore in Tuesday's Alabama Senate race with the overwhelming support of black women voters, 98 percent of whom cast their ballots for the Democrat. 



According to CNN's exit polls, only 34 percent of white women voted for Jones, with 63 percent of that voter bloc offering their support to Moore instead. The Republican has been accused of pursuing inappropriate relationships with teen girls as an adult.

"Doug Jones would not have won today without the turnout we saw from African-American voters," Symone Sanders, a Democratic strategist, told Newsweek. "Black women have been absolutely clear in their support for Democratic policies and Democratic candidates. It's high time for invest in that effort." 

Sanders said it was the grassroots, on-the-ground efforts of Jones's African-American supporters that helped bring black voters to the ballot box on Tuesday and push him across the finish line. But if Democrats want to carry their 2017 successes into the 2018 midterms, they can't count on black women alone to carry the party. 

"Black women have been attempting to save America since the dawn of time," Sanders said. "That doesn't mean we should allow the fate of America to be laid at the feet of black women. It has to be a multicultural effort."

Still, others couldn't help but notice the poetic justice of a Democrat with an upstanding record on civil rights winning in deep-red Alabama. 

The disparity between black women's and white women's votes in Tuesday's race was a familiar one to those who recall that 53 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election—even in the face of over a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct against him. There was also the audio recording of Trump bragging about grabbing women's genitals without their consent. 

Every other demographic of American women overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton, including the 94 percent of black women who voted for the Democratic nominee, who would have been the country's first woman president. 

Sanders said it was true in 2016, and it's true now, more than a year later: "Black women have always been a force to be reckoned with. Democrats and the media are just now waking up to that." 

Black Women Played A Big Part In Doug Jones’ Surprise Victory In Alabama

[ HUFFINGTON POST ] Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of white women voted for GOP candidate Roy Moore, accused of sexually preying upon teenage girls.

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[ New York Times ] .... If I had to make another sign after the Alabama election, it would say this: “Bet on black women. Follow black women. Give power to black women.”