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Golden Springs voters

Voters head into Anniston's Golden Springs Community Center to cast their ballots in the special U.S. Senate election Tuesday. (Kirsten Fiscus/The Anniston Star)

Two out of five registered Alabama voters — more than 1.3 million — cast ballots in Tuesday’s special election for U.S. Senate, turnout that propelled Democrat Doug Jones to a narrow victory over Roy Moore, the Republican.

The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office, in unofficial results Tuesday night, reported the turnout as just more than 40 percent of the state’s 3.3 million registered voters. That percentage is more than double the turnout for the Senate primary election in August, and is similar to the turnout for the 2008 presidential primary election.

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