He will be sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence and will assume his duties immediately after.
Late last night, former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice Roy Moore threw a desperate hail mary when he filed a legal complaint to challenge the results in the Alabama Senate special election.
Moore's lawsuit also demands the results of the December 12 special election, won with almost 21,000 more votes by his Democratic opponent Doug Jones, not be certified. Jones said he is looking forward to "going to work for the people of Alabama".
During an interview with CNN, Merrill, who voted for Moore, outlined some of the voter fraud claims his office has had to deal with in the weeks that followed Jones's surprise victory and Moore's refusal to concede the race. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama.
As for reports of voter fraud like that alleged by Moore, Merrill said that while around 40 cases remain active, "the four most serious charges that we've received have all been vetted and all been cleared" by his office.
"The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election", Trump wrote on December 12, referencing the candidate he backed in the primary.
Defeated U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore reacted to Alabama finalizing the election results by again saying experts agree the election was "fraudulent".
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He will takeover the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "Doug Jones will be certified at 1 p.m. this afternoon", Merrill told TIME before the certification took place.
Papers launching the case were filed about 14 hours before Thursday's meeting of a state canvassing board to officially declare Mr Jones the victor of the December 12 special election. In addition to the court filing, Moore is asking his supporters to call Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall and ask them to delay certification of the vote.
Moore's attorney wrote in the wide-ranging complaint that he believed there were irregularities during the election, including that voters may have been brought in from other states.
Moore's campaign was deeply wounded by the sexual misconduct accusations.
The complaint also noted the higher-than-expected turnout in the race, particularly in Jefferson County, and said Moore's numbers were suspiciously lower than straight-ticket Republican voting in about 20 Jefferson County precincts.
"It's a very weak complaint, it does not rely on any election experts I've ever heard of and it makes claims that on their face do not appear to be plausible, or appear to be irrelevant", said Rick Hasen, an election law professor at the University of California, Irvine.
Moore's spokeswoman claims a failure to investigate their voter fraud claims will have repercussions from voters.