NRSC ends fundraising agreement with Roy Moore

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The NRSC did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Odd filled the seat that was open when Jeff Sessions left to become the attorney general.

The race included personal appearances from President Trump, in support of unusual, and former White House strategist Stephen Bannon, backing Moore.

"Like most Americans, the president believes we can not allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a person's life", Ms. Sanders said.

"As far as we know, there's only one relationship that's been alleged that's problematic", Pollak said, referring to Moore's alleged sexual contact with a 14-year-old. None of the four women approached the newspaper, the Post says; reporters reached out to them after hearing rumors of Moore's behavior in the '70s and '80s.

Moore, now 70, has twice served as Alabama's chief justice. "That's what I mean when I say opposition party".

Earlier this week, he reportedly said "transgenders don't have rights".

In the small eastern Alabama town of Heflin, a handful of people interviewed by the AP indicated they were indifferent to the allegations if not disbelieving of them.

The other women say Moore pursued them at the ages of 16, 17 and 18.

Moore himself has issued a fundraising appeal asking for emergency donations in a "spiritual battle". "Moore has come out and denied it so you would think that he's telling the truth".

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Some prominent Republicans are calling on Moore to leave the race, but he does have his defenders, in addition to Zeigler.

In a letter Friday seeking funding for his legal defense, Moore blamed the "Obama-Clinton Machine" for launching "the most vicious and nasty round of attacks me I've EVER seen". He told potential donors that he is counting on the help of "God-fearing conservatives like you to stand with me at this critical moment". Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, have also said Moore should quit the race if the allegations are true. Much of the Republican establishment - including McConnell and President Donald Trump - supported unusual, while the GOP's more conservative flank - including former Trump strategist Steve Bannon - backed Moore.

The statement also notes that Moore has been married to the same woman for 33 years and has four children and five grandchildren.

Merrill said Friday that if the party chose to disqualify Moore, it was too late to remove him from the ballot.

That righteousness was in evidence yesterday when the state's auditor, Jim Ziegler, defended Moore against allegations he had groped a 14-year-old girl when he was a 32-year-old attorney.

Ivey said she would vote for Moore, who is up against Democrat Doug Jones in a December 12 special election, but has a policy of not offering endorsements.

Republicans are attempting to push through their massive tax overhaul by the end of the year and have already advanced the House version of their bill out of committee. He adds, "If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election".

Other Republican senators weighing in included Jeff Flake of Arizona, David Perdue of Georgia, John Thune of South Dakota, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Richard Shelby of Alabama and Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania. Sen.

Moore, an outspoken Christian conservative and former state Supreme Court judge, has denied a Washington Post report that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl and pursued three other teenagers decades earlier as an assistant district attorney in his 30s.

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