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Doug Jones celebrates victory and running a campaign based on 'decency'

In his victory speech Tuesday night, Democrat Doug Jones, the projected winner of the Alabama special Senate election, said his entire campaign was based on "dignity and respect."

"This campaign has been about the rule of law," he continued. "This campaign has been about common courtesy and decency and making sure everyone in this state, regardless of which ZIP code you live in, is going to get a fair shake in life." Jones thanked the volunteers who "knocked on 300,000 doors" and made "1.2 million phone calls" on his behalf, and said he's ready to go to Washington to work on health care, particularly funding the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). It was a night to "rejoice," Jones said, celebrating Alabama taking "the right road," and he ended his speech with a Martin Luther King Jr. quote: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Catherine Garcia