Last uncounted ballots: Moore can’t close 20,000-vote loss

AP Photo/Brynn Anderson Provisional ballots in boxes are stacked before members of the Shelby County probate office count the voted ballots from last week’s U.S. Senate election at the Shelby County court house, Tuesday in Columbiana, Ala. Secretary of State John Merrill says the outcome isn’t expected to change. Merrill announced Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, that counties will check write-in votes under a new state law that only requires poll workers to sort through them if the number of write-ins is higher than the winner’s margin of victory. There were 22,814 write-ins.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Republican Roy Moore and hasn’t conceded his 20,000-vote loss to Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama’s Senate race, and provisional ballots and military votes totals announced Wednesday aren’t enough for Moore to close the deficit.