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Doug Jones. Photo: Brynn Anderson / AP

Doug Jones will be certified the winner of this month's Alabama special Senate election, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said Thursday morning, per CNN.

Why it matters: Roy Moore, who lost by 20,715 votes, has refused to concede the race after the Dec. 12 contest, despite calls from the White House to do so. In a court complaint filed on Wednesday, he raised questions about possible voter fraud and asked that a certification of the election results, confirming Jones as the winner, be delayed.

Key quote: "What you were asking me is: will this affect anything? The short answer to that is, no," Merrill said in an interview with CNN's Alisyn Camerota when asked if Moore's claims of election fraud have any merit. "We will sign the documents certifying him as the senator for the state of Alabama. He will be sworn in by Vice President Pence on the 3rd of January when the Senate returns."

Go deeper: Winners & losers from the Alabama special election

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Cuomo faces fresh misconduct allegations from former aides

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a February press conference in New York City. Photo: Seth Wenig/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was on Saturday facing fresh accusations of misconduct against his staff, including further allegations of inappropriate behavior against two more women. His office denies the claims.

Driving the news: The Washington Post reported Cuomo allegedly embraced an aide when he led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and that two male staffers who worked for him in the governor's office accused him of routinely berating them "with explicit language."

In photos: Protesters rally for George Floyd ahead of Derek Chauvin's trial

Chaz Neal, a Redwing community activist, outside the Minnesota Governor's residence during a protest in support of George Floyd in St.Paul, Minnesota, on March 6. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Dozens of protesters were rallying outside the Minnesota governor's mansion in St Paul Saturday, urging justice for George Floyd ahead of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's trial over the 46-year-old's death.

The big picture: Chauvin faces charges for second-degree murder and manslaughter over Floyd's death last May, which ignited massive nationwide and global protests against racism and for police reform. His trial is due to start this Monday, with jury selection procedures.

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