Defeated Senate candidate Roy Moore says he will wait for official count before he admits defeat

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Republican candidate Roy Moore on Wednesday night still had not conceded defeat after a bitter fight with Democrat Doug Jones.

Moore said Wednesday night he is waiting for the “final count” in the Alabama race for U.S. Senate.

In a video released by his campaign Wednesday night, Moore said it was a close race and that some military and provisional ballots had yet to be counted.

Moore said he is waiting for certification of the final vote by the Alabama secretary of state. That is expected to occur sometime between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3.

Unofficial returns show that Democrat Doug Jones defeated Moore by about 20,000 votes or 1.5 percent.

Moore released the message several hours after Jones urged him to “do the right thing” and concede.

Moore, who is known for his evangelical politics, called the election a battle for the “heart and soul” of the country