Sen. Daines withdraws endorsement of Alabama's Roy Moore

Marsha Scott
November 13, 2017

Almost 40 percent of Alabama evangelicals say in a new poll that they are more likely to vote for GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore after allegations of sexual misconduct arose against him. The Pennsylvania senator says Moore's primary opponent, Luther Strange, should be considered as a write-in candidate to run against him. "I think that's a responsible way to approach this".

The former Alabama Supreme Court Judge did say, however, that "after my return from the military, I dated a lot of young ladies" during a recent interview with Sean Hannity.

"I have to say, I think the accusations have more credibility than the denial, I think it would be best if Roy would just step aside", said Sen.

Alabama holds a special election on December 12 to fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

On ABC's This Week, Martha Raddatz asked White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway if she had any doubt about the claims against Moore, Conway responded, "The president and others in the Republican Party have made clear that if the allegations are true, this man should step aside, but I've gone farther than that", adding that "everybody should know that conduct is disqualifying".

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Moore, an outspoken Christian conservative, has attacked the Washington Post report as "completely false and misleading". Moore won the September 26 primary election by about 9 percentage points over unusual, who was backed by President Donald Trump. We have to afford him the chance to defend himself, " he said.

But a Moore victory also would pose risks if he were to join the Senate GOP with a cloud of sexual misconduct allegations.

Over the weekend, more Republicans distanced themselves from Moore.

Roy Moore, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, speaks at a campaign rally on September 25, in Fairhope, Alabama.

Hope Yen and Kevin Freking are Associated Press writers.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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