Moore and Jones

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore will face former federal prosecutor Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 Senate election. 

A lot has happened since Donald Trump named Jeff Sessions his attorney general, creating a vacancy in the U.S. Senate. Here's a look at how that evolved into Tuesday's election choice between Doug Jones and Roy Moore.

November 2016: Donald Trump wins presidency, announces U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama will be appointed attorney general.

January 2017: Trump inaugurated president. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s former aide Rebekah Mason is among his entourage at the inauguration. The governor is already under investigation for an alleged affair with Mason, and his admission creates a furor among Bentley’s critics.

Feb. 8, 2017: Sessions confirmed as attorney general.There’s already a long list of possible appointees to his seat. State Attorney General Luther Strange is a favorite, but critics say he shouldn’t accept an appointment from Bentley, who’s under investigation.

Feb. 9, 2017: Bentley appoints Strange to the Senate seat, roiling even the governor’s allies in the Alabama Legislature. Bentley sets special election for 2018.

April 9, 2017: Bentley resigns as governor, following a blistering report by investigators on his alleged affair and a guilty plea on campaign finance charges.

April 18, 2017: New Gov. Kay Ivey sets a special election for the Senate seat for Dec. 12.

April 19, 2017: Suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore announces a run for the Senate seat. By primary day, the list of candidates will mushroom, with10 Republicans and eight Democrats on the ballot.

May 18, 2017: Doug Jones, a Birmingham lawyer, enters the race as a Democrat.He’s known statewide for prosecuting Klansmen who bombed a black church in an infamous cold case. In Anniston, he’s also known as the special master in the PCB pollution settlement against Monsanto.

Aug. 15, 2017: Jones wins the Democratic nomination. Moore and Strange land in a runoff for the GOP nomination.Turnout in the race is 18 percent.

September 2017: Trump endorses Strange, but many of the president’s supporters back Moore.

Sept. 22, 2017: Trump stumps for Strange in Huntsville, in a last-minute effort to blend his brand with that of the Alabama senator’s.

Sept. 26, 2017: Moore wins the runoff by a 14-point margin.

October 2017: Jones crisscrosses the state, holding his biggest events in urban downtowns.Joe Biden stumps for him in Birmingham. Moore meets mostly with small crowds of strong small-town supporters,including an impromptu speech at an assisted living facility in Anniston.

Nov. 8, 2017: The last hope for a televised debate between the two candidates dies as Moore rejects an offer by the League of Women Voters.

Nov. 9, 2017: The Washington Post publishes accounts of four women who say Moore pursued them romantically when they were in their teens and Moore in his 30s. One woman says she was 14 when Moore initiated sexual contact with her. Alabama’s age of consent is 16.

Nov. 13, 2017: Anniston resident Beverly Young Nelson, in a New York City press conference, says Moore sexually assaulted her in 1977, when she was 16 and Moore in his 30s.

Mid-November: National Republicans abandon Moore, butstate and local-level GOP officials circle their wagons.It’s too late for Republicans to replace Moore on the ballot, Alabama’s secretary of state says.

Nov. 15, 2017: Moore’s lawyers hold the first of several press conferences challenging the allegations. Meanwhile, and The Washington Postpublish accounts by four more women, one of whom says Moore groped her when he was a lawyer representing her in a child custody case.

Nov. 27, 2017: Moore makes his first campaign appearance since the allegations, calls the accusations a symbol of the “immorality of our times,” and ducks questions from reporters.

Nov. 28, 2017: Leigh Corfman, the Gadsden woman who says Moore pursued her at age 14, writes an open letter to Moore, asking him to “end ... smears and false denials.”

Dec. 5, 2017: In what his campaign bills as a “major speech,” Jones blasts Moore as a “source of embarrassment” for the state.

Dec. 8, 2017: Trump stumps for Moore in Pensacola, Fla., urging Republicans to get out and vote for their candidate.

Dec. 12, 2017: Election Day.

Capitol & statewide reporter Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter @TLockette_Star.