Top Senate Republican Calls for Moore to Quit Race

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Republicans here and in Alabama have been up in arms over the accusations, published last week in The Washington Post, that Mr. Moore pursued sexual or romantic relationships with teenagers when he was in his 30s.

A new report suggests that the Trump Administration might be looking at ways to appoint Attorney General Jeff Sessions to his old senate seat in order to quell the evolving controversy that surrounds Roy Moore.

McConnell previously said Moore should end his candidacy if the allegations were proven true. The woman, Beverly Young Nelson, said at a press conference that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 15 and 16.

Bannon has identified the ideal person to convince Alabama voters who might be wavering on Roy Moore that the GOP Senate candidate's alleged pursuit of teenage girls is nothing more than a smear campaign by Democrats, establishment Republicans and the media, all working in cahoots: NBC's Chuck Todd. In September, Moore defeated Luther Strange, the Republican senator who had been appointed to fill Sessions' seat, in a Republican primary.

McConnell told reporters in his home state of Kentucky that party officials were considering whether a Republican write-in candidate could be found to challenge Moore in the December 12 special election. "I want Mr. Moore to know that he no longer has any power over me". He also questioned why such allegations would be leveled for the first time just weeks before the special election in spite of his decades in public life. He accused them of working together to derail his campaign, but said, "We do not plan to let anybody deter us from this race".

Toomey did not rule out the possibility that Senate Republicans might work to unseat Moore if he wins the special election against Democrat Doug Jones.

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"To a sweeter, more lovely girl I could not say 'Merry Christmas, '" he had written in the book.

"I think if this was a serious- if these allegations were out there and they were serious, I probably would have heard them", he said".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called for Moore to exit the race Monday morning, declaring he believed Moore's accusers and talking about a possible write-in campaign. "We have four children", adding that he has one daughter and five granddaughters. "We have to afford him the chance to defend himself". Other Democratic Party politicians pictured with Gibson include former Vice President Joe Biden, a former Florida senator, and Senator Bill Nelson of Florida. "The denial was not as strong as the allegations", Scott said.

Moore is an outspoken Christian conservative and former state Supreme Court judge.

Even if Moore were to step aside, his name would likely remain on the ballot.