"Roy, I believe, is going to stay in (the race) and he's denied it and that's the proper thing to do". The Associated Press has reviewed the committee's internal numbers.
Shelby said: "It's not a good situation". The election will fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, who became U.S. Attorney General.
Shelby said he is anxious about damage to the Republican brand.
His allies charge the allegations are coming to light only now because Moore is on the verge of being elected as one of Alabama's USA senators.
Moore was already a pariah among national Republicans even before the recent allegations of inappropriate contact with minors.
Hice said he's troubled by Moore's explanations of the allegations against him in the past week.
On the ground in Alabama, however, the intraparty battle grew nastier Wednesday.
The provision applies for six years, meaning Alabama Republican officeholders who run against Moore or support a challenger could theoretically be barred from running again on the Republican ticket until 2023. "As of today, with the information that's been introduced to me, and if these charges are not proven to be true, then I would continue to support and vote for Judge Moore", Merrill said on CNN's "New Day".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell has called on Roy Moore to step aside
Marty Baron says the caller's reporting methods bear "no relationship to reality". Moore could be expelled from the Senate if he wins the election.
The letter was posted to Facebook on Sunday by Moore's wife.
Al Moore told WKRG-TV on Tuesday that the person offered to pay as much as $7,000 to women willing to make damaging remarks about the Republican candidate. None said he forced them into sexual contact, but one, Leigh Corfman, said Moore took off her shirt and trousers, removed his clothes, touched her over her bra and underpants and guided her hand over his underwear.
He complained that the allegations were all that the press wanted to discuss.
Two women have accused Moore of sexually molesting them in the 1970s when one was 14 and the other 16 and he was a deputy district attorney in his 30s.
The thinking among Trump's advisers, though, has been in part colored by concerns that being too quick to abandon Moore based on allegations could leave the White House dealing with unintended consequences.
The alleged conduct dates back 40 years, and absent some difficult-to-imagine documentary proof, it will always be Moore's word against that of his accusers. Fox News' Sean Hannity, who endorsed Moore in September, is now questioning Moore's explanations.
The Alabama Republican's campaign for the Senate has been rocked by allegations of sexual improprieties with underage girls.
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