Republican Roy Moore, an accused child molester running for the US Senate from Alabama, has lost to his Democratic contender Doug Jones.
With 92 percent of precincts reporting, Jones secured 49.5 percent of the vote compared to Moore’s 48.8 percent, according to CNN and other news outlets.
The vote was the most high-stakes election of 2017 and the upset victory by Jones will trim the Republican Senate majority to just 51 seats in the 100-member chamber.
Jones, a former prosecutor, became the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in the state since 1992.
The result also delivered a personal blow to President Donald Trump, who has officially endorsed Moore amid the national debate about sexual misconduct.
However, the Jones win may provide some resemblance of relief to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans, who turned against Moore following allegations that he pursued teenage girls decades ago.