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>> Walking into a standing ovation in Vestavia Hills Alabama Saturday, Roy Moore again denied the sexual misconduct allegations levied against him.>> These attacks involve a minor>> They are completely false and untrue.>> But now Senate Republicans are distancing themselves from Moore. The party's nominee for a special Senate race in Alabama whose been accused of molesting a teenager in 1979 The National Republican Senatorial Committee cut fundraising ties with Moore on Friday.
A day after the explosive report published by the Washington Post upended his front runner bid for the seat. Reuters was unable to independently confirm the allegations. The move, the latest sign the Republican establishment, holding onto a slim majority in the Senate, was abandoning Moore's candidacy. Which was heavily promoted by President Trump's former political strategist, Steve Bannon.
>> Meanwhile, Democrats and progressive groups already emboldened by recent electoral victories. Sought to capitalize on the accusations in support of their nominee in Alabama, former US Attorney, Doug Jones. Reuters correspondent, Joseph Axe.>> So, Republicans obviously hold a 50 to 48 edge in the Senate. But as we've seen with the vote to repeal Obamacare, and then other legislative efforts, even a single vote can make a huge difference.
And so if the Democrats were able to win this seat, first and foremost, it would really change the power dynamics in Washington in a big way. And then, more than that, if the Democrats manage to win a Senate seat in Alabama, which is one of the most deeply conservative states in the country Think that would really send a signal to the Republican Party that they could be in a lot of trouble in 2018.
>> Before being accused by a woman of initiating a sexual encounter in 1979 when she was 14-years-old and he was 32, Moore was already a controversial nominee. He was twice forced out as the State's Chief Justice for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the court house.
And for defying the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same sex marriage. He's also said that homosexual behavior should be illegal, and that Islam was a false religion. Many prominent Republicans like Mitch McConnell said moore should step down if the allegations are true. While others like former party nominees John McCain and Mitt Romney said he should step down immediately.