Doug Jones margin of victory is hardly a mandate for the future of other Democrats in Alabama or elsewhere, but there is hope.
Listening to the various Moore supporters before the election, they believe that Roy Moore is doing God's work. They do not believe the accusers. And quite predictably Roy Moore refuses to concede.
"God is always in control," he told supporters, and "what we've got to do is wait on God and let this process play out."
Votes were still coming in, Moore said, "and we're looking at that. It's not over, and it's going to take some time."
The 2 percentage point loss means that if Roy Moore wants a recount, he and his supporters will have to pay for it. The recount process, however, could indeed take some time which would delay the seating of Doug Jones in the Senate.