Elections chief: Automatic recount unlikely in Alabama race

Doug Jones is greeted by a supporter before speaking during an election-night watch party Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Still-uncounted ballots are unlikely to change the outcome of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama enough to spur an automatic recount, the state's election chief said Wednesday as Democratic victor Doug Jones urged Republican Roy Moore to concede.

Speaking during an afternoon news conference in Birmingham, Jones said a concession from Moore is the "right thing" to do, and that 'it's time to heal."

But Moore hasn't budged after a stunning loss in a reliably GOP state.

"Realize, when the vote is this close, it is not over," he told supporters at his election-night party in Montgomery late Tuesday. Moore did not make any public statements or appearances Wednesday.