Breakfast Briefing, 12.13.2017: Unpacking Doug Jones' win in Alabama

Democrats are having a much better Wednesday morning than many Republicans, especially those who waited up for Roy Moore's concession that never came.

Alabama's new Senator-elect, Doug Jones. (Image via the Jones campaign's Facebook page).

Wednesday morning’s big story: Democrat Doug Jones pulled off an upset in Tuesday’s special Senate election in Alabama, a state that has run as deep a shade of red as the University of Alabama’s football uniforms in recent elections. Jones’ victory has bolstered Democrats’ hopes of flipping the House of Representatives and perhaps even the Senate in next year’s midterm elections. Republican Roy Moore has not conceded.

The special election was a double heaping of egg on the face of President Donald Trump, who had the dubious distinction of endorsing two losing candidates in the same race. Also for Steve Bannon, who establishment Republicans lashed out at for backing Moore in the minutes after the race was called. It was more of a mixed bag for Sassy the Horse, the steed Moore rode to cast his vote, who became internet famous for a night but was also the unwitting subject of "and the horse he rode in on" jokes on the covers of both New York tabloids.

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What the president will probably be tweeting about: an FBI agent removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team called then-candidate Trump "an idiot" and other choice words this summer in text messages sent to a colleague, according to numerous reports. Republicans have already seized on the stories, according to ABC News.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was the victim of a fake news scam in which forged documents supposedly documenting sexual harassment allegations against him were sent to media outlets. The former aide cited in the complaint, which was rife with errors such as the omission of lawyers’ names, told Axios her name was forged.

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