Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

First Poll After Sexual-Misconduct Allegations Shows Moore, Jones Dead Even

First Poll After Sexual-Misconduct Allegations Shows Moore, Jones Dead Even

On Thursday night, Fox News host Sean Hannity apologized and said he "misspoke" when suggesting the alleged sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl by Senate candidate Roy Moore was "consensual". Multiple women have come forward with allegations that Moore pursued them when they were 18 or younger while he was serving as an assistant district attorney in the state.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is ending its fundraising agreement with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in light of allegations of sexual contact with a teenager decades ago.

The question this poll can not really answer is the level of detail about the allegations against Moore that voters absorbed the day they were released - presumably not a lot of Alabamians read the Washington Post - and whether the sheer creepiness of Moore's reported conduct came through.

The NRSC did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Other Republican Senate leaders, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have called on Moore to step down on the condition that the reports prove to be true, but they have not yet described a process for assessing the truth of the claims. One said he didn't see the "relevance" of a 32-year-old man kissing a 14-year-old girl or "trying" to touch her genitals.

Defiant as ever, Moore himself issued a fundraising appeal asking for emergency donations in a "spiritual battle". The state auditor, for instance, said it was no big deal because, well: "Take the Bible". By Friday morning, Moore's allies were defending him and throwing doubt on his accusers, framing the story as a typical clash between conservatives and an untrustworthy media. Moore bested the interim senator, Luther Strange, in a primary and runoff.

"If you're gonna step aside when you get a allegation you might as well not run because when you run you're gonna get an allegation", Moore declared. This week he went after the transgender community saying during a press conference "The transgenders don't have rights".

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., a member of the GOP leadership, will not appear at a fundraiser for Moore next Friday in Albertville, Alabama that he had been billed as attending, according to an invitation shared with NBC News.

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Bannon is calling the Post an "apparatus of the Democratic Party" and notes it was among the first to report the "Access Hollywood" tape that caught Trump using sexually predatory language in 2005.

The reality on the ground in Alabama is that Moore could still win the special election race on December 12 over Democrat Doug Jones. Chairman Cory Gardner, who leads the Senate GOP campaign arm.

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

Moore is appealing for donations in his race for a Senate seat from Alabama just hours after the Washington Post reported allegations that Moore had sexual contact with a woman when she was 14 and he was 32.

Senate rules empower members to police their own ranks, and Republicans could refuse to seat Moore if elected, or eject him later. His campaign has called the report fake news.

Moore was twice removed from his state Supreme Court position, once for disobeying a federal court order to remove a 5,200-pound granite Ten Commandments monument from the lobby of the state judicial building, and later for urging state probate judges to defy the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage.

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