East Bay congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) says she’s hopeful Democrats can replicate Tuesday's African-American voter turnout in Alabama’s Senate race to win back the House from the GOP next year.
“This election demonstrates that if you don’t take the black vote for granted and if you speak to the issues and organize -- African-Americans will vote,” said Lee, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
In a stunning victory, Democrat Doug Jones eked out a win in Alabama over Roy Moore -- turning a red Senate seat blue for the first time in a quarter-century.
Black voters represented 29 percent of Alabama’s electorate in the special election, according to exit polling by the Washington Post. And they turned out in higher numbers than is customary for an off-year election.
A full 96 percent of black Alabamians who turned out voted for Doug Jones.