"Family values" candidate Roy Moore accused of seducing 14-year-old girl

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks to students at American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa

The Washington Post says they interviewed three more women who claim Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s.

Gardner, who's heading the national Republicans' Senate campaign arm this cycle, endorsed Moore in September after he won the primary - a pitched battle between establishment Republicans backing odd and Moore supporters, including former top Trump strategist Steve Bannon - saying the NRSC has always been focused on "keeping a strong Republican majority in the Senate, and that includes Alabama".

Presuming that Moore or the state GOP withdraw his nomination, the challenge for McConnell and other Republicans will be to figure out what candidate would run in Moore's place - and how to win an election in which it is too late to replace the former judge's name on the December 12 ballot. "Even the Washington Post report says that he never had sexual intercourse with any of the girls".

Mitch McConnell said Thursday afternoon Moore should step aside in the election if the allegations in the Post's article are true.

During a second visit, she said Moore took off his shirt and trousers and removed her clothes.

The Post's Michael Scherer followed Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) in the final days of his primary campaign against Sen. "There's nothing wrong with a 30-year-old single male asking a 19-year-old, a 17-year-old, or a 16-year-old out on a date".

"He said, 'Oh, you don't want her to go in there and hear all that".

Texas Sen. John Cornyn said, "If it is true I don't think his candidacy is sustainable". I'll stay out here with her, ' " says Corfman's mother, Nancy Wells, 71.

Moore denied the allegations to the Washington Post in a statement, suggesting that they would have come up previously if they were true: "These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign".

Corfman said Moore asked the girl for her phone number while her mother was gone, and then later called her to set up a meeting.

Moore could conceivably step down if is he personally resigns, but that decision would have to go through the Alabama secretary of state-the state's chief elections official-who would then have to make a ruling as to whether or not Moore could withdraw from the race.

The explosive allegation against one of the GOP's most outspoken Christian conservatives came less than five weeks before a special election that Moore is favored to win despite his long history of inflammatory rhetoric.

Alabama law lists the legal age of consent as 16.

To get there, Moore - with the support of former White House adviser Steve Bannon - beat incumbent U.S. Sen. He has been twice removed as chief justice of the state supreme court, first for refusing to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the grounds of his courthouse and more recently for refusing to implement the U.S. supreme court ruling legalizing gay marriage.

"This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation", his campaign added in the same statement.

"The Washington Post has already endorsed the Judge's opponent, and for months, they have engaged in a systematic campaign to distort the truth about the Judge's record and career and derail his campaign".

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