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Alabama Senate Race Reaction with Senator Chris Van Hollen and Professor Paul Butler

Dec 13, 2017

Democratic candidate Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in a special election for Alabama's Senate seat.
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Democrat Doug Jones narrowly defeated Republican Roy Moore in a surprising upset for the open Alabama Senate Seat. It is the first time a Democrat has won the seat in 25 years. Today on Midday, reaction from Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) who heads the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. 

Black voters turned out in record numbers and overwhelmingly supported Doug Jones, while a majority of white voters stuck with Moore, despite allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls as young as 14. Georgetown University Law Professor Paul Butler joins Tom to analyze the results and answer the question; has the Trump tide begun to turn? 

Paul Butler is a former federal prosecutor. He teaches law at Georgetown University, but this year, he’s a visiting professor at his alma mater, Harvard Law School. His most recent book is titled Chokehold: Policing Black Men – A Renegade Prosecutor’s Radical Thoughts on How to Disrupt the System

WYPR's City Hall reporter Dominique Bonessi also joins Tom in studio to talk about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' press conference in Baltimore on Tuesday. 

Professor Butler will speak about his book Chokehold: Policing Black Men tonight at 7pm at the Pratt Central Library on Cathedral St. The event is a part of the library’s Brown Lecture Series and is free to the public.