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- Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore lost the financial support of the Republican National Committee on Monday, amid a growing sexual misconduct scandal surrounding him.
- The RNC ended its joint fundraising agreement with Moore, according to a senior party official cited by Politico.
- At least five women have accused Moore of varying degrees of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.
- Moore has denied the allegations and vowed to stay in the Senate race, despite calls for him to step aside.
The embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore just lost the financial backing of the Republican Party as he faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with underaged girls. According to a senior party official cited by Politico, the RNC pulled out of its joint fundraising agreement with Moore’s campaign.
At least five women have accused Moore of varying degrees of sexual harassment – including one woman who said on Monday that Moore assaulted her in the 1970s when she was 16 and he was in his 30s.
Since the accusations first surfaced last week, several top Republicans have distanced themselves from Moore, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said that Moore should leave the Alabama Senate race. National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman Cory Gardner on Monday floated the possibility of immediately expelling Moore from the Senate if he wins the election in December.
Moore has so far defied those calls and has denied the allegations against him. The RNC’s withdrawal of support could throw his campaign into doubt less than one month before Election Day.
Moore and his Democratic rival Doug Jones are vying for the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, who President Donald Trump appointed as US attorney general earlier this year. Polling averages cited by Real Clear Politics show a tight race between Moore and Jones, while a Decision Desk HQ/Opinion Savvy tally placed Moore and Jones at 46.4% and 46%, respectively.