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Doug Jones and his wife. Photo: John Bazemore / AP

One savvy Axios colleague didn't believe the polls out of Alabama (final Real Clear Politics average: Moore +2.2). Her reasoning: "Women don't want their husbands to know that they're voting for Jones."

  • She was right. Jones won women by 16 points, per WashPost. That's despite the fact that Moore won white women by 29 points. Final tally: Doug Jones (D) 49.9% ... Roy Moore (R) 48.4% ... Write-ins: 1.7%.

Key election poll results, via WashPost:

  • Jones won African Americans by 92 points.
  • Jones won independents or "something else" by 8 points.
  • Moore won white people with no college degree by 55 points.
  • Moore won voters who approve of Trump by 80 points.

Go deeper: Moore refuses to concede ... Stef Kight's Winners/Losers ... See the tweets: Trump, Biden, Clinton react ... Graphic: How Alabama elected Jones.

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Companies are making money at record rates thanks in part to customers who are willing to pay higher prices.

Why it matters: In order to keeping that corporate profitability streak going, shoppers should expect sticker prices to stay high or become more expensive well into 2022. Fewer promotions and shallower discounts will also become the norm as inventory levels remain low.

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FDA panel endorses Pfizer vaccines for 5-11 year olds

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Members of the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine expert panel on Tuesday endorsed a two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5- to 11-years-old. The final vote was 17 members in favor, with one member abstaining.

Why it matters: While not binding, the decision is a long-awaited step toward getting COVID vaccines in the arms of some of the youngest Americans potentially in time to get many fully vaccinated in advance of the holiday season.

Birx: Trump White House could have reduced COVID deaths by 30 to 40%

Deborah Birx, then-coronavirus response coordinator, speaks during a news conference in the White House last November. Photo: Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Deborah Birx, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator under former President Trump, told a House subcommittee this month that the Trump administration could have prevented tens of thousands of deaths during the early stages of the pandemic.

Driving the news: "I believe if we had fully implemented the mask mandates, the reduction in indoor dining ... and we had increased testing, that we probably could have decreased fatalities into the 30% less to 40% less range," Birx said in closed-door testimony to the Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, according to excerpts provided by the panel.