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The development, first reported by the Daily Beast, comes after the Washington Post published the accounts of four women who said Moore pursued relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

Three other women, who were all in their teens at the time, told the paper that Moore made advances on them as well.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is ending its fundraising agreement with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in light of allegations of sexual contact with a teenager decades ago.

Moore said that he did recognize some of the women's names in the Washington Post report but could not remember if he had ever gone on dates with him.

Tommy Battle, the mayor of Huntsville, Ala., who's seeking the GOP nomination for next year's governor's race, said, "If the allegations are true, then he does not need to be the Republican candidate for Senate". The NRSC did not respond to requests for comment.

In The Washington Post on Thursday, Leigh Corfman accused Moore, a Republican running for Senate in Alabama, of kissing and groping her when she was just 14 and he was 32. Other Republican Senate leaders, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have called on Moore to step down on the condition that the reports prove to be true, but they have not yet described a process for assessing the truth of the claims.

And it was clear that many in his conservative base were in no mood to desert him in a race for a Senate seat Republicans consider crucial to maintaining their majority in the upper chamber.

Moore has been defiant in the wake of the accusations.

"Well, I think most of the people in the state of Alabama would be very disappointed if someone who had been alleged to have engaged in that type of activity, had been proven that they had engaged in that activity, was continuing to represent them in any formal capacity", Merrill said.

What is it about using Jesus to defend Moore from this allegation?

Many Alabama Republicans, like Jim Ziegler, have defended Moore.

Strange, despite the backing of President Donald Trump and much of the Republican establishment, lost a September primary to Moore.

Taking it a step further, Ziegler called Moore "clean as a hound's tooth" and cited the former judge's long and "wonderful" married life as proof of his good character. That's what I mean when I say opposition party, right? She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore. But this story is more important than just another Bible-thumper caught with his trousers down. None of the four women approached the newspaper, the Post says; reporters reached out to them after hearing rumors of Moore's behavior in the '70s and '80s.

In the face of that stand-and-fight mentality by Moore, Republicans in Washington are left with a handful of bad - and likely ineffective - options. And Bannon is still backing him, a source close to the former White House chief strategist told NBC News. But the report unquestionably introduced new waves of uncertainty and turmoil into a race for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, the attorney general. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, who leads the Senate Democratic campaign arm.

"The allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are deeply troubling", Gardner said in a statement. And finally he was removed as the Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice after he told probate judges to defy federal court orders on same-sex marriage.


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