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GOP Senator: Allegations Against Moore 'Have More Credibility' Than His Denial

GOP Senator: Allegations Against Moore 'Have More Credibility' Than His Denial

Republican Roy Moore trails his Democratic opponent for the first time in polling for the Alabama Senate race, days after accusations surfaced that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl nearly four decades ago.

Sen. Pat Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, suggested on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that there could be a write-in campaign for odd because it's too late to remove Moore's name from the ballot. "But from my point of view, I think the accusations have more credibility than the denial". After some more pressure, Moore pleads with Pence to call his boss about the matter... and Pence says, "Sorry, I'm not gonna call Vladimir Putin about this".

Roy Moore is now losing to Doug Jones in the first major poll following the publication of harassment allegations.

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Asked if that would have been usual for him, Moore said, "Not generally, no".

Toomey didn't rule out the possibility that Senate Republicans might work to unseat Moore if he wins the special election against Democrat Doug Jones on December 12.

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The story has stirred concern among anxious GOP officials in Washington in a key race to fill the Senate seat once held by Jeff Sessions, now the US attorney general. Moore won the September 26 primary election by about 9 percentage points over odd, who was backed by President Donald Trump.

Republicans on Capital Hill have been quick to distance themselves from the arch social conservative, with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) saying if the allegations are true, Moore should withdraw from the race.

Hope Yen and Kevin Freking are Associated Press writers.

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