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Republican Leaders: Alabamian Should Withdraw if Allegations Are True

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks to students at American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa

Conway functionally echoed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's statements earlier that day, in which the senator said Moore should step aside "if these allegations are true".

Moore has vehemently denied allegations reported by The Washington Post from four separate women, including one who accused Moore of engaging in sexual activity with her when she was just 14 years old in the late 1970s. One of those women, Leigh Corfman, says Moore touched her when she was just 14.

Moore, 70, denied any sexual impropriety. He took to Twitter Thursday evening, accusing the "Obama-Clinton machine" of launching a "vicious and nasty round of attacks" against him, continuing in another tweet that "The forces of evil will lie, cheat, steal-even inflict physical harm-if they believe it will silence and shut up Christian conservatives like you and me".

I may be entirely too cynical but I think, if Moore has the sand for it, he will follow this up with an explanation of how he had sinned, as all fallen humans do, but that Jesus has forgiven him and washed him in the blood of the Lamb, and now it's time for him to bring his redeemed hindquarters to godless Washington to show the heathen the path to glory that he's been blessed to follow.

"If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election", said Sen. At least a dozen other Republicans followed suit.

He told the Washington Examiner "there is nothing to see here" - and referred to the Bible as a defense.

"Take Joseph and Mary". "There's just nothing immoral or illegal here". Debbie Wesson Gibson says she was 17 when Moore spoke to her high school civics class and asked her out on the first of several dates that did not progress beyond kissing.

Among the handful of Senate Republicans who have endorsed Moore, only Mike Lee of Utah weighed in on the allegations.

Moore will remain on the ballot whatever happens over the next few weeks.

Pursuant to Alabama law, "a nomination for a candidate in a primary or general election shall be finalized by the respective state executive committees not later than 76 days before the primary or general election". He defeated Luther Strange in September to earn the GOP nomination, and will face Democrat Doug Jones in the general election on December 12.

"Even if you accept the Washington Post's report as being completely true, it's much ado about very little", Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler said in a phone interview. He also ruled that Borden would be prohibited from seeing her children unsupervised, overnight, or in the presence of her lesbian partner. Her mother said no, and Miller said she realized years later that the idea of a grown man wanting to date a teenager was "disgusting".

"After over 40 years of public service (by Moore), if any of these allegations were true, they would have been made public long before now", the Moore campaign said in an email to supporters.