DeJuana Thompson spent Alabama's election night at a party where "I Voted" stickers were the price of entry - one more bash for Woke Vote, an organization that had spent $400,000 to turn out young black voters. Thompson, a Birmingham native, had joined Woke Vote's get-out-the-vote drive when it looked impossible for Democrat Doug Jones to win.
On Tuesday, surrounded by cheering black voters, Thompson watched Jones pull it off.
"I was without words," said Thompson. "It was reminiscent of the night we elected Obama. People did not believe it could happen, and then, suddenly, it did."
The Alabama race, like last month's elections in Virginia, saw Democrats outperform expectations and polling thanks to a surge of nonwhite voters. A year that began with hand-wringing over President Donald Trump's victory ended with routs and upsets powered by the party's most loyal supporters. Democrats in Alabama and elsewhere spent Wednesday thanking black voters - and studying what had been so successful in getting them to the polls.
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