NRSC severs fundraising ties with Roy Moore

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If Moore wins the Alabama special election scheduled for December 12, he'd serve alongside GOP colleagues who have mostly hedged their words about whether he should even run anymore.

But any write-in campaign would be an uphill battle and end up splitting the GOP vote, making it easier for Democrat Doug Jones to win in an upset.

In the face of massive backlash from both within the GOP and without, the 70-year-old Moore seems to have found an advocate in Alabama state auditor Jim Ziegler, who invoked the relationship between Mary and Joseph to defend the former judge's sexual misdemeanours.

Zeigler, who was elected in 2014 and has not said whether he is seeking a second term, has endorsed Moore and defended Moore on the allegation by a woman in the Post story that Moore dated her and had a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 and Moore was 32.

Daniel Dale, a reporter for the Toronto Star, spoke with a number of Alabama Republican county chairs.

The chief fundraising vehicle for Republican Senate campaigns on Friday severed its ties to Roy Moore, the party's nominee in Alabama's special election next month.

Strange, despite the backing of President Donald Trump and much of the Republican establishment, lost a September primary to Moore.

"Take Joseph and Mary". They also said Ziegler got the facts wrong and ignored the cultural context of the time in which Jesus lived. The Senate seat is now held by Sen.

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The Post said none of the women had donated to or worked for Moore's Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, or for his Republican primary rivals, and that Corfman said she had voted for Republicans in the past three presidential elections, including for Mr. Trump in 2016.

The Bible does not state the ages of Joseph and Mary, agrees Margaret M. Mitchell, a professor of early Christian literature and the New Testament at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Samuel Givhan, the senior vice chairman of the state party, described The Washington Post story as "allegations from somebody who has been silent for over 40 years" who was speaking out just weeks before an election. They did not have sexual intercourse, the Post said.

Henry said he believes legal action should be considered against Moore's accusers, finding their story unbelievable. "So I just wonder if it's, you know, maybe these are just the times we are in right now". At one point he allegedly drove her to his home where he touched her over her underwear and guided her hand to touch him over his. "That's what I mean when I say opposition party".

If, however, the state party tells election officials that it wants to withdraw its nominee, or if Moore himself chose to do so, election officials would not certify any votes cast for Moore.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) tweeted on Thursday, "The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying". I think someone should prosecute and go after them.

The state's statute of limitations for bringing felony charges involving sexual abuse of a minor in 1979 would have run out three years later.

Under Alabama state law, the ballot can not be changed within 76 days of an election. Corfman never filed a police report or a civil suit, the Post said. The younger Moore also said "he's very concerned about what the impact is going to be on their 91-year-old mother, hearing all of this, they worry about her age and health", Savidge said.