US Republican Roy Moore has refused to concede defeat in the Alabama state election, despite a clear win to Democrat Doug Jones.
Mr Moore on Thursday had still not conceded defeat after the bitterly fought election campaign against Democrat Doug Jones, who was widely accepted as the winner for a US Senate seat in the deeply conservative state.
In a video released to his Republican constituents after the result was announced, Mr Moore claimed there were military and provisional ballots still to be counted and that the campaign was waiting for certification by the Secretary of State.
Mr Moore then went on to address social issues and claimed politics the US was "corrupt".
He claimed that corruption extended to his election where he alleged $50 million from "outside groups" was used to retain power and corrupt ideology.
"That American dream has today been tainted by corrupt politics, and a government which is become out of control and out of touch with the people. Many do not share the vision of those who built this country," he said.
"Today, we no longer recognise the universal truth that god is the author of our life and liberty.
"Abortion, sodomy, and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Mr Moore rattled off a list of problems he deemed had destroyed the foundations of the US, including stopping prayer in schools, redefining marriage, abortion, a nationwide drug problem, border control and even gender issues.
"The battle rages on," Mr Moore said before he wished everyone a Merry Christmas.
The stunning upset by Mr Jones made him the first Democrat elected to the US Senate from Alabama in a quarter-century.
This will trim the Republicans' already narrow Senate majority to 51-49, endangering Mr Trump's agenda and opening the door for Democrats to possibly retake the chamber in next year's congressional elections.
Mr Trump endorsed Mr Moore even as other party leaders in Washington walked away from him, but Mr Jones, 63, a former federal prosecutor, portrayed the campaign as a referendum on decency and promised the state's voters he would not embarrass them in Washington.
Mr Jones said in an interview with NBC that he was confident of the outcome.
“It’s time to move on,” he said. “The people of Alabama have now spoken ... Let’s get this behind us so the people of Alabama can get someone in there and start working for them.”
- With Reuters