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>> Roy Moore, the arch-conservative Alabama Republican seeking a US Senate seat, is watching powerful leaders and voices in his own party desert him ahead of a special election.>> He should step aside.>> On Tuesday, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wants to work with the White House to try and block Moore from taking office if he wins the race.
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>> He's obviously not fit to be in the United States Senate, and we've looked at all the options to try to prevent that from happening.>> Five women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct, which they claim occurred when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers. Moore now 70, denies the allegations and said they are manufactured to harm his political career.
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>> Why do you think they're giving me this trouble? Why do you think I'm being harassed by media, and by people pushing for allegations in the last 28 days of this election?>> Moore made a name for himself as an ardent opponent of same-sex marriage, decrying what he called a decline in Christian values and terming Islam a false religion.
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But the allegations of sexual misconduct are proving to be too much for some of his fellow Republicans. On Tuesday, Politico reported the Republican National Committee withdrew support from Moore. And even conservative Fox News host Sean Hannity, until recently a staunch supporter, on Tuesday said Moore had given quote, inconsistent answers about the allegations against him.
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Republicans are in a particular bind if Moore loses his race to Democratic candidate Doug Jones, the party's razor thin Senate majority shrinks even further. But if they welcome him, they give Democrats a chance to use the allegations against Moore to try and tarnish the Republican party. There is talk the GOP might try and get voters to pencil in another candidate on election day.
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>> Obviously from a Republican point of view, we would hope to save the seat and that might require a write-in and all of those things are under discussion.>> But Moore remains popular in Alabama. A write-in campaign might split Republican voters and hand the election to the Democrat.
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RealClearPolitics average of polling shows Moore leading by three percentage points. The election is on December 12th.