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NC state lawmakers from mountains react to results of Alabama Senate race

Doug Jones is greeted by a supporter before speaking during an election-night watch party Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. Jones has defeated Republican Roy Moore, a one-time GOP pariah who was embraced by the Republican Party and the president even after facing allegations of sexual impropriety. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Voters and lawmakers across the nation were reacting to results from Alabama's U.S. Senate race on Tuesday, including state legislators from the mountains.

Following the Associated Press reporting that Doug Jones won the race, News 13 spoke with Sen. Terry Van Duyn and Rep. Chuck McGrady.

"I am thrilled. I'm particularly pleased with the turnout. It was twice what we would expect for this kind of an election. I think people are motivated and interested and what my real hope is is that Republicans in Congress will realize now that they have to represent all Americans, not just their base,” Sen. Van Duyn said.

"It was close, and I think it tells people that you have to have a good candidate to win an election. Republicans were losers sort of either way. If Moore won, we were gonna be looking at campaigns run around Roy Moore in two years,” Rep. McGrady said.

News 13 also spoke with an assistant political science professor from Western Carolina University, Todd Collins, who said the U.S. Senate was pretty closely divided and that a Democrat win made it a little easier for Democrats to effect Republican legislation.

"I think it's a bigger deal for Democrats. If they can pick up what is a traditionally very red state, it makes it a lot easier for them to try and have some momentum going into the 2018 elections,” Collins said.


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