>> A stunning upset in Alabama gave Democrats a surprise burst of enthusiasm and may also give them a game plan to win control of Congress next year. I'm Andy Sullivan in Montgomery, the state capital. In Tuesday's elections, Democrats got a surge of support from African-Americans. But they also picked up votes in affluent, white suburban neighborhoods like this one, places that backed President Donald Trump in 2016.
If Democrats can replicate this pattern nationwide that could tilt the balance in the battle for Congress in 2018.>> I am truly overwhelmed. I am truly, truly overwhelmed.>> Democrat Doug Jones won the backing of his party's biggest stars, including President Barack Obama.>> May God bless you as you go on, may give you safe journey.
>> His opponent, Roy Moore, was a divisive figure within the Republican party. His hard edge conservatism alienated more pragmatic voters even before allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced. Tuesday's returns showed that Moore carried the countrysid but fell short in the suburbs. It was suburban voters in Virginia, last month, who handed Republicans a stinging loss in that state.
This could be an ominous sign for Republicans. Many of their most vulnerable seats in Congress are in suburban districts, in states like Pennsylvania and California, where President Trump isn't popular. Trump's appeal even has its limits in Alabama. Exit polls showed less than half of his voters approved of his job performance.
This in a state he won in a 28-point margin last year. Republicans are pointing fingers. Moore supporters blame Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for the loss, while establishment types blame populists, like former White House strategist Steve Bannon. Many analysts say Democrats stand a good chance of winning the House of Representatives in the November 2018 election.
Tuesdays victories give them a better shot at winning the Senate as well. Now they only need to pick up two more seats to get a majority. That won't be easy, but Democrats will be going up against a Republican party that's increasingly at war with itself.