Senate Republicans are powerless to stop Roy Moore

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Several other women said they dated Moore while in their teens, but the contact didn't go beyond kissing.

According to new paperwork filed with the Federal Election Commission Friday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is no longer a part of a joint fundraising committee that includes Moore's campaign, the Alabama GOP and the Republican National Committee.

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, have also said Moore should quit the race if the allegations are true.

Now Republicans have to decide how to respond if their current position on the allegations - that Moore should drop out if the allegations are proven true - runs its course.

"When I asked what does he believe the motivation is with these women coming forward, making the accusations they have, again, Jerry Moore says it's money and the Democratic Party, implying that they are doing this because they're being paid in some way, and it is for the objective of derailing or interrupting this campaign", Savidge said.

Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell has called on Moore to step aside in the Alabama Senate race if the allegations are true.

And it was clear that many in his conservative base were in no mood to desert him in a race for a Senate seat Republicans consider crucial to maintaining their majority in the upper chamber.

The Moore campaign is denying the Post report as "the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation".

"There is nothing to see here", Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler told the Washington Examiner.




"The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying".

And if Moore still wins, Republicans in the Senate will be stuck with him for six years-not just as a damn-the-torpedoes firebrand, but now an accused child molester to boot. Alabama voters who routinely cast votes for Republicans would presumably take a second look at the ballot, remember that the GOP has withdrawn its endorsement of Moore, and write in odd instead. John McCain, R-Ariz., called on Moore to step aside as well - and without couching his statement with "if true" language. This week he went after the transgender community saying during a press conference "The transgenders don't have rights".

Lee's office told The Hill on Friday that the Moore campaign never asked to use the senator's image and that their office had requested that Moore take it down.

On Thursday evening, Hannity was on a radio show discussing the Post report.

Moore has publicly dismissed the allegations claiming that The Post and these women have a secret agenda of tarnishing his campaign. The charges reignited hostilities between McConnell's political allies, who poured millions of dollars into the campaign to stop Moore, and President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Stephen Bannon, who rallied support for the former justice.

Senate rules empower members to police their own ranks, and Republicans could refuse to seat Moore if elected, or eject him later.

Dean Young, a longtime friend and adviser to Moore, said that Alabama voters would likely weigh the accusations against Moore with the sources that published them.

Daniel Dale, a reporter for the Toronto Star, spoke with a number of Alabama Republican county chairs.

"Herman Cain's going up in the polls, then the day he gets out - nothing", said Hannity, referring to a wave of 2011 sexual harassment relevations that sunk the Republican businessman's presdental bid. National liberal organizations know their chosen candidate Doug Jones is in a death spiral, and this is their last ditch Hail Mary'.

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