ELECTIONS

Updated at 12:44 a.m. ET

Democrat Doug Jones has won the Alabama Senate special election, a victory that was a stunning upset in a deeply red state that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump. The president, who had backed Republican Roy Moore despite multiple accusations of sexual misconduct and assault, congratulated Jones on Twitter.

Election Day is finally here in Alabama's U.S. Senate race.

Mass. Sen. Stanley Rosenberg walks by Campus Pond at UMass Amherst, his alma mater, after speaking to students there Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.
Stephanie Murray / State House News Service

We start this week on Beacon Hill, where Democrat Stan Rosenberg has, for now, temporarily stepped aside from his position as Senate president. 

GOP lawmakers in Massachusetts are celebrating a seat gained after a special election Tuesday. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, a day after talks to form a new ruling coalition collapsed, signaled that she prefers a fresh election over trying to stay in power as part of a minority government.

Merkel said that she was "very skeptical" of the prospect of leading a minority government — something that hasn't even been tried since the end of World War II.

"The path to the formation of a government is proving harder than any of us had wished for," she told broadcaster public television ARD, adding that "new elections would be the better path."

State Representative Peter Kocot of Northampton. Mass.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican

A western Massachusetts lawmaker wants to make it easier to get on the state's voting list -- especially for the approximately 700,000 people eligible to vote who are not registered.