Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore denies sexually abusing 14-year-old girl

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Still, the news, first reported by The Daily Beast, marks a notable step by GOP establishment to distance itself from the party's embattled candidate for Senate in Alabama, who reportedly forced a woman into a sexual encounter when she was 14 and he was 32.

Blunt canceled a scheduled appearance at a fundraiser for Moore Friday.

Leigh Corfman, now 53, told the Post she met Moore at a courthouse in 1979 when Moore offered to keep her company on a bench outside of a hearing room while her mother was inside for child custody proceeding. "Her account is too serious to ignore".

He won't step aside, and he won't be replaced on the ballot. John McCain, R-Ariz., in calling for Moore to step down immediately.

Senate Republicans face a dire reality in Alabama following sexual misconduct accusations about Roy Moore, their Senate nominee in Alabama: They want Moore gone from the race but are largely powerless to make that happen. The NRSC did not respond to requests for comment.

Private polling by both parties has shown that while Moore retains a passionate following among conservatives, he is a divisive figure among more moderate Republicans - and some party officials now worry that the charges will persuade moderates to stay home or vote for the Democratic candidate, Doug Jones, a former USA attorney.

As of Friday morning, the senators' pictures still appear on the online link to Moore's fundraising appeal.

Alabama is a deeply Republican state that has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1992.

In addition to the seriousness of the allegations, experts and analysts say that it could cause some serious problems for the GOP's recent tax reform push. A three-way race - with Moore, Jones, and interim Sen. In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

In one case documented by The Post, Moore developed a sexual relationship with a girl who was just 14 years old at the time.

None of the women sought out The Post. That's debatable, since voters (especially the social conservatives to whom Moore appeals) might think there is something a bit creepy about an assistant district attorney in his 30s dating girls half his age. Renato Mariotti, a candidate for IL attorney general, tweeted: "Sean Hannity tries to excuse the sexual assault of a 14-year old girl by Roy Moore by saying it was 'consensual.' Does he have no shame at all?"

"If you saw the way they came after him like the way they're coming after Judge Moore today, they didn't debate policy or politics, this was the politics of personal destruction", Bannon said, adding that the intention was to "attack and destroy" Trump.

At least two said they would vote for Moore even if he had committed sex crimes against a 14-year-old.

Daniel Dale, a reporter for the Toronto Star, spoke with a number of Alabama Republican county chairs. After being opposed by Mitch McConnell and Trump in his primary, Moore owes nothing to the Republican Party. And when asked whether Moore should withdraw from the race, 34.9 percent of respondents said yes, while 54 percent replied no.

The accusations were made in a report in The Washington Post on Thursday. "Take Joseph and Mary", Ziegler said. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. "They became parents of Jesus". Orrin Hatch's seat, should the Utah senator decide to retire ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. In the previous survey, Moore lead Jones by 5.7 percent.

"I wasn't ready for that - and I had never put my hand on a man's penis, much less an erect one", she told the Post. Hannity later explained that he was referring to the 17- and 18-year-olds - who can legally consent - according to a transcript by Media Matters.

Republicans could get behind a write-in candidate, such as Sen.

In 1995, the American Civil Liberties Union sued Moore, claiming his display of the Ten Commandments and courtroom prayers were unconstitutional.