Republican National Committee drops Roy Moore amid the Alabama Senate candidate’s sexual misconduct scandal

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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.

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