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Judge Roy Moore participates inside Mid-Alabama Republican Club’s Veterans Day Program in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, U.S., November 11, 2017.
Nelson’s allegations followed accounts inside Washington Post last week by four some other women who told the Post that will Moore pursued sexual relationships with them when they were teenagers. The youngest of the four women, Leigh Corfman, said Moore molested her when she was only 14.
Moore has denied all the allegations as well as accused the women of being part of a political smear campaign.
Since the first allegations were published Thursday by the Post, a growing list of Republican senators have called on Moore to step aside, culminating Monday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who said, “I think he should step aside,” in response to a question about Moore’s next steps. McConnell was also asked whether he believed the allegations against Moore. “I believe the women, yes,” he said.
Alabama will hold a special election Dec. 12 to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In September, Moore defeated Luther Strange, the Republican senator who had been appointed to fill Sessions’ seat, in a Republican primary. Moore will face Democrat Doug Jones inside general election.
The first wave of polls released Monday inside wake of the allegations showed Moore as well as Jones locked in a tight race.