Ryan: Roy Moore allegations 'disqualifying if true'

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks to students at American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa

Luther Strange (R-AL) over Moore in the primary, called the allegations "ludicrous" and "gutter politics" unless they could be proven. State rules say that Moore could decide to stand down of his own volition or he could be pushed by the local party, but in either case 76 days' notice has to be given and that deadline has already passed.

Moore (R) has denied the allegations.

Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. During the second, she said Moore removed his clothes, took off her shirt and trousers, and touched her over her bra and underwear, according to the account in the Post.

Leigh Corfman, now 53, told the Post that Moore pursued her as a 14-year-old when he was working as a district attorney; she said he kissed her on one occasion and touched her over her bra and underwear on another.

The newspaper also found three other women who said that Moore had approached them around a similar time, when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.

Interested in Donald Trump? "That's what I mean when I say opposition party, right?" White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later that Trump does not share Moore's views on religion and several other issues. But few other Alabama Republicans look ready to break with Moore immediately over the allegations - and if the state GOP refuses to abandon him, he's likely to stay the GOP nominee and still have a real shot at the U.S. Senate. John McCain, however, did not hedge in his statement and instead called for Moore to immediately step aside.

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey echoed Flake: "If there's a shred of truth to it, then [Moore] needs to step aside". Senior Senate Republicans also spoke out against Moore.

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Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, a Republican, did not comment on whether Moore should withdraw from the race, but said Alabama voters should see the allegations as "just another piece of information that will allow them to make their decision".

The explosive allegations of sexual abuse against a minor that have been leveled against Roy Moore present the GOP leadership with a tricky political crisis.

Jones has not emphasized LGBT issues during the campaign, but he has denounced the Trump administration's withdrawal of guidelines for schools on appropriate treatment of transgender students, including allowing them access to the restrooms of their choice, and the reinstatement of a ban on military service by trans people (the ban is now blocked by a court injunction).

Moore previously created controversy when he refused to order a Ten Commandments display to be taken down from a public building.

"The same thing went on when President Trump ran for office, there was about 15 ladies who ran to the press and said the same thing", he said.

They're not the only ones defending Moore.

Former Alabama chief justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on September 26, 2017. Bannon's endorsement came as a surprise to some conservatives, given that Trump had publicly backed Moore's opponent.

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