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The Roy Moore allegations and the GOP response




Roy Moore, GOP Senate candidate and former chief justice on the Alabama Supreme Court speaks during the annual Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shorham Hotel on October 13, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Roy Moore, GOP Senate candidate and former chief justice on the Alabama Supreme Court speaks during the annual Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shorham Hotel on October 13, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Four women have said Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore pursued sexual relationships with them when they were teenagers, according to a story in the Washington Post.

Moore has denied all of the allegations.

The scandal has split lawmakers. Some are calling for Moore to withdraw from the race (though his name will remain on the ballot, no matter what), whether the allegations are true or not. Others have come to his defense. The big question is how the base in Alabama will react to this news about Moore, who has campaigned on evangelical Christian values.

Moore is on the ballot in the special election to fill the Alabama senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, when he became Attorney General. In the September primary election, Moore beat Lester Strange, who was appointed to the seat in February and embraced by establishment Republicans, with an especially strong backing from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. President Trump also favored Strange, though many voters saw Moore as the more “Trumpian” candidate. For the run-off, Moore’s Democratic opponent is Doug Jones.

Before the Washington Post’s story was published, Jones was trailing Moore by 6 points (some context to consider: Donald Trump won Alabama by 28 points.)

Election Day is Dec. 12.

Guest:

John Hammontree, managing producer of Reckon Alabama, the investigative and in-depth reporting unit at AL.com, the news site that covers the state of Alabama; he tweets @johnhammontree