Embattled GOP Senate Candidate Judge Roy Moore Attends Church Revival Service At Baptist Church In Jackson, Alabama

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Allegations have surfaced over the last week that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore pursued sexual conduct with underage girls. Here's everything we know to this point:

INITIAL ALLEGATIONS: At least eight women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct, but the initial allegations emerged last week in a Washington Post story. Leigh Corfman and three other women claimed that Moore pursued sexual relationships with them while they were under the age of 18. At the time of Moore's alleged conduct in 1979, Alabama law defined sexual contact as abuse when with someone between 12 and 15 years old.

MOORE BLAMES DEMOCRATS: Moore vehemently denied allegations against him and drew skepticism when he told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he “generally” didn't remember dating young girls. In a statement, Moore described the allegations against him as “completely false” and “a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post.” Over the following days, he continued to frame the allegations as a liberal prop and even part of a “spiritual” battle:

MOORE ACCUSERS: After last week's allegations, at least four more women claimed Moore pursued unwanted advances with them. Alabama native Beverly Young Nelson told the public on Monday that Moore tried coercing her into performing a sex act when she was 16. Although Moore claimed he didn't know Nelson, she produced a yearbook that appeared to contain a note from Moore and his signature from 1977. On Wednesday, allegations surfaced that Moore forcibly kissed one woman and groped another. Moore also allegedly told a 17-year-old that he dated girls her age “all the time.”

MOORE DENIAL: During a press conference on Wednesday, Moore's attorney reiterated his client's previous denials, claimed he never saw Moore act inappropriately with women, and attempted to cast doubt on Nelson's allegations. He called on Nelson's famous attorney, Gloria Allred, to release her client's yearbook so that both parties could conduct an objective handwriting analysis.

REPUBLICANS TURN THEIR BACKS: While President Donald Trump stopped short of directly calling for Moore to exit the race, several leading Republicans either backed the accusers or called for Moore to withdraw. Moore eventually lost fundraising agreements with two of the party's major campaign organizations — the Republican National Committee (RNC) and National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). Even if Moore made it to the Senate, he would likely face intense opposition from already-outspoken lawmakers who called for his withdrawal from the race. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) — the head of the NRSC — called on his colleagues to expel Moore from the Senate if he won his state's special election. Moore, whose opponent McConnell backed in the primary, ripped into what he called the “Washington elite” and McConnell in particular:

CONSERVATIVE MEDIA SKEPTICAL: At least two high-profile conservative media personalities — Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity — called out the way Moore responded to the accusations. After Hannity's initial interview with Moore, several sponsors pulled their ads from his show in an apparent response to Hannity seeming to say conduct with a 14-year-old was consensual. Hannity later denied that was his intention and gave Moore 24 hours to clarify his response to the allegations. Moore seemed to bow to Hannity's wishes when, on the next day, he published an open letter to the Fox News host:

Hannity indicated on Wednesday night that Moore's answers, in addition to his attorney's comments, sufficed.

WHERE WE ARE NOW: With less than a month left before the Alabama's special election, Moore isn't backing down. But without resources from major party organizations and with Republicans considering a write-in option, it's unclear how well Moore will perform on Dec. 12. According to a poll on Tuesday, however, Moore led his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, by 6 percentage points among likely voters.

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