>> An Alabama Senate race was upended after the Washington Post published allegations of sexual misconduct. The newspaper on Thursday reported that conservative Republican candidate, Roy Moore, had romantic or sexual encounters with teenage women, one as young as 14 when he was in his early 30s. Moore, now 70 years old, vehemently denied the accusations, calling them completely false and a desperate political attack.
Reuters was unable to independently confirm the allegations. Roy Moore is a former Alabama judge who won a special election to become the Republican candidate for the Senate seat vacated by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Some Republicans were quick to call on Moore to quit the contest. Arizona Senator John McCain and John Thune of South Dakota said Moore should step aside immediately.
Senate leader Mitch McConnell called on Moore to drop out of the race if the allegations were true. That sentiment echoed by others in the party such as Texas senator Ted Cruz and Utah's Mike Lee who had endorsed Moore in the Alabama race.>> I believe in the second amendment.
>> Moore was already a divisive figure in the Republican party. He's condemned homosexuality and called Islam a false religion.>> Abortion, sodomy, sexual perversion.>> Moore was heavily favored to win the Senate race against Democrat Doug Jones. He defeated a candidate endorsed by the White House in the Alabama Republican primary.
In that contest, he received the support of former White House Strategist, Steve Bannon. A White House spokesman on Friday said quote, the President believes we cannot allow a mere allegation in this case from many years ago to destroy a person's life. However, the President also believes that if the allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside.
The women quoted in the Washington Post story did not seek out the newspaper and do not know each other. The paper said none of the women had donated to or worked for Moore's Democratic rival in the Senate race.