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GOP Senate campaign arm abandons Roy Moore following sexual allegations

11 November 2017

A three-way race - with Moore, Jones, and interim Sen.

But any write-in campaign would be an uphill battle and end up splitting the GOP vote, making it easier for Democrat Doug Jones to win in an upset.

Moore is the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Zeigler, who was elected in 2014 and has not said whether he is seeking a second term, has endorsed Moore and defended Moore on the allegation by a woman in the Post story that Moore dated her and had a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 and Moore was 32. Then, even if he has to retire from politics later, the Alabama governor can fill the seat by appointing another Republican.

Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, chairman of the senatorial committee, had said: "The allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are deeply troubling".

Strange, despite the backing of President Donald Trump and much of the Republican establishment, lost a September primary to Moore.

Theologians and pastors, among others, expressed revulsion that Mary and Joseph would be used to counter allegations of sexual misbehavior with a minor. "Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist", Zeigler told the Washington Examiner, a conservative website.

The Republican Party's options, including the possibility of a write-in campaign, "are all being researched", said Steven Law, who leads the pro-Republican Senate Leadership Fund.

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Paul Reynolds, Alabama's Republican National Committeeman, called it "a firestorm created to shipwreck a campaign in Alabama". Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter.

It seems that in the political arena, to say that something is not true is simply not good enough.

"As I said on TV tonight, I apologize when I misspoke and was not totally clear earlier today", Hannity tweeted on Thursday night.

Some prominent Republicans are calling on Moore to leave the race, but he does have his defenders, in addition to Zeigler. That non-authoritative text placed Mary's age at 12 when she conceived and it cited supposed evidence of her enduring virginity to demonstrate she conceived Jesus without sexual intercourse. "Maybe just a little bit unusual". 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. At one point he allegedly drove her to his home where he touched her over her underwear and guided her hand to touch him over his.

Under ancient norms and apparently under first century Roman and Jewish law, she said, it was apparently common for girls 12 and older to be betrothed, though practice varied by region, social class and more. "Whatever this is, just get it over". John McCain, R-Ariz., called on Moore to step aside as well - and without couching his statement with "if true" language. I think someone should prosecute and go after them. The age of consent in Alabama, where these events are said to have happened, is 16.

Several state Republicans suggested Thursday that the party is unlikely to disqualify Moore. 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. "I have never engaged in sexual misconduct", Moore said Friday.

President Trump would want Moore to step aside if the allegations against him are true, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Friday.

On his Senate campaign website, Moore said he was suspended "for upholding the sanctity of marriage as between one man and one woman".

GOP Senate campaign arm abandons Roy Moore following sexual allegations