Roy Moore's brother compares sexual conduct allegations to the persecution of Jesus

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Three other women interviewed by the Post said Moore, now 70, approached them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s. The Post quoted four women on the record and had 30 sources in total.

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

Moore was defiant, denying the charges and attacking the news media.

"I dont know Ms. Corfman from anybody, I've never talked to her, never met with her..." He sent an email denying the allegations and tweeted that he would "never give up".

Many Alabama Republicans, like Jim Ziegler, have defended Moore. Moore, an anti-establishment conservative, was twice removed from his state's Supreme Court for judicial misconduct. John McCain (R-AZ) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "two of the biggest goobers we have in Washington" while ripping them for calling on Moore to step aside.

Republicans could get behind a write-in candidate, such as Sen. Luther Strange, left open the possibility he may re-enter the campaign.

Moore is running for a Senate seat in Alabama to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. A write-in campaign remains possible, Bennett added.

"I don't think anyone expects Roy Moore to drop out of this race", Law said.

"Well, that's getting the cart ahead of the horse". That's what I mean when I say opposition party, right?

So let me be clear.

Enough for him to win Alabama's special Senate election next month? Then-Gov. Robert Bentley appointed odd in the interim.

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In the face of that stand-and-fight mentality by Moore, Republicans in Washington are left with a handful of bad - and likely ineffective - options.

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore speaks at the Values Voter Summit of the Family Research Council in Washington, DC, U.S. October 13, 2017. Moore though is doubling down and refusing to step aside.

The intensity of the reaction may partly reflect lingering bad feelings from the primary contest between odd and Moore, held in late September.

Republican lawyers and strategists in Washington were engaged in a furious search Thursday for creative ways around that restriction, seeking a loophole that would allow the party's leadership in the state to anoint a new candidate.

Democrats, meanwhile, were quietly stepping up their mobilization efforts in Alabama, though being careful not to publicly ignite partisan backlash by attempting to capitalize on the troubling allegations. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. Renato Mariotti, a candidate for IL attorney general, tweeted: "Sean Hannity tries to excuse the sexual assault of a 14-year old girl by Roy Moore by saying it was 'consensual.' Does he have no shame at all?"

"Unless he can prove his innocence, the burden is now on him, within the next day or so I believe he has to step down", Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told MSNBC.

"That's why I'm saying I think the balance is shifted here", he said. He's not going to like Roy Moore because Shelby was a Democrat for a long time.

"Right now there is a lot of accusations being made against a lot of people", said Randall Mccaffrey. "Maybe just a little bit unusual".

The Washington Post alleged Thursday that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. She described meeting Moore, who was then an assistant district attorney, at the courthouse in Etowah County, Ala., where he offered to watch her while her mother attended a custody hearing. On a second visit, he took off her shirt and trousers and removed his clothes except for his underwear before touching her over her bra and underpants, Corfman told the Post. She also claims he also took off his clothes and allegedly moved her hand so that she touched him over his underwear. "Please just get this over with".

The question this poll can not really answer is the level of detail about the allegations against Moore that voters absorbed the day they were released - presumably not a lot of Alabamians read the Washington Post - and whether the sheer creepiness of Moore's reported conduct came through.

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