'Nothing Immoral' Or 'Deeply Disturbing'? Republicans Split On Roy Moore Allegations

Alabama GOP nominee for Senate Roger Moore

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Still, the news, first reported by The Daily Beast, marks a notable step by GOP establishment to distance itself from the party's embattled candidate for Senate in Alabama, who reportedly forced a woman into a sexual encounter when she was 14 and he was 32.

"These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign", Moore said in a statement.

"There's a very unusual propensity of sexual allegations to suddenly become politically useful in the run-up to an election, or when someone stands up for the principles of the republic, like Clarence Thomas, and needs to be taken down", said Sebastian Gorka, a former White House adviser who became a Fox News contributor this week.

At least two said they would vote for Moore even if he had committed sex crimes against a 14-year-old. Moore has vehemently denied the allegation.

Kinzinger went a step further, sharing that he thinks the Senate should take swift action to remove Moore, he wins the Senate seat.

Isaac Boltansky, an analyst at research firm Compass Point, noted that the polling Alabama was already relatively close between Moore and his Democratic competitor, Doug Jones, and the recent allegations could throw the race into flux.

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters traveling with the president in Asia that "the president believes we can not allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a person's life", but added that "the president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside". At the time, Moore was in his early 30s.

"The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying", McCain tweeted.

"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.

This, even as Moore's would-be Republican colleagues have called on him to quit the race if the allegations were true.

Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado is chairman of the NRSC, the campaign arm of the Senate GOP. Luther Strange (R-AL) in the primary-runoff in September to replace former Sen.

In The Washington Post on Thursday, Leigh Corfman accused Moore, a Republican running for Senate in Alabama, of kissing and groping her when she was just 14 and he was 32.

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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.

When asked by Hannity if he had any recollection of dating teenage girls when he was in his mid-thirties, Moore said "it would out of my customary behavior", but stopped short of denying that he did.

Moore has been defiant, insisting he would not quit the race for the December 12 special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former seat.

"You understand this is 40 years ago and after the military, and I dated a number of young ladies", Moore said of the possibility of going on dates with other young women.

Others in Alabama came to Moore's defense.

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