special-election

Alabama GOP Officially Stands by Roy Moore
State party says voters will be ‘the ultimate jury’

GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore is facing allegations of sexual misconduct. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Alabama Republican Party is officially standing by its Senate nominee Roy Moore, closing the door on one of the few options to block him from being elected. 

On Wednesday evening, the 21-member state GOP steering committee convened to discuss the Senate race, which has been rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore. Nine women have accused the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice over the past week of sexual advances, and three have accused him of sexual assault. Most of the women were teenagers at the time and Moore was in his 30s.

Moore Jabs at McConnell for Franken Response
Says he received harsher treatment than Minnesota Senator

Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore, criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for having a harsher response to allegations of his sexual misconduct than to accusations about Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for being harsher on him than on Sen. Al Franken.

Moore’s words come as Sen. Al Frankenwas accused by Los Angeles morning radio host Leann Tweeden of kissing and groping her without her consent

Ivey Quashes Idea of Strange Resigning Early to Block Roy Moore
Alabama governor says special election will go forward as planned Dec. 12

Alabama Sen. Luther Strange has said he does not intend to resign early. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has rejected the idea that Sen. Luther Strange could resign his Senate seat, sparking a new special election and potentially blocking Roy Moore from being elected to the Senate. 

National Republican leaders have called on Moore to step aside as the GOP nominee following allegations of sexual misconduct and assault. Politico reported Wednesday that one idea GOP leaders have contemplated is having Strange resign his seat so Ivey could set a new special election. Strange was appointed to the seat in February when Sen. Jeff Sessions resigned to become attorney general. 

Opinion: Remembering Recy Taylor and the Too Familiar State of Alabama
The Yellowhammer State has real heroes. Why Roy Moore?

Recy Taylor (Courtesy “The Rape of Recy Taylor”/Augusta Films)

In “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” a recently released documentary, you see the face of bravery. It is Recy Taylor, the 24-year-old African-American — a wife and mother of an infant daughter — kidnapped in 1944 by a carful of young white men, some the sons of the “respectable” leaders of Abbeville, Alabama, where they all lived. A gun held to her head, she was blindfolded, driven to a remote spot and violated in unimaginable ways. She escaped being killed by promising to keep quiet.

But she did not keep that promise.

Alabama GOP Appears to Still Support Roy Moore
Party steering committee met for more than three hours Wednesday

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Alabama Republican Party will reportedly continue to support Roy Moore as allegations of sexual misconduct rock the Senate contest.

NBC News first reported that the state GOP would maintain its support for Moore, its Senate nominee and a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, after the steering committee met Wednesday night. It is too late to remove his name from the ballot. But the party does have the option of formally withdrawing Moore as its nominee for the seat vacated by former Sen. Jeff Sessions, meaning votes for him in the Dec. 12 special election would not be counted. 

Four Senate Stories That Might Shape Moore’s Fate
Past election and ethics controversies offer precedent for GOP

Those who hope to block Moore from the Senate might look to the paths pursued by, clockwise from top left, Robert G. Torricelli, John Ensign, Roland W. Burris and Lisa Murkowski. (Douglas Graham, Scott J. Farrell and Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photos)

Torricelli, Murkowski, Burris & Ensign: That’s not the newest lobbying law firm on K Street, but rather a roster of senators whose extraordinary political careers point toward the four tough paths for Republicans intent on keeping Roy Moore out of the Senate.

The lateness of the electoral hour, combined with Alabama’s deeply red nature and solid support from the state’s GOP base, continue to afford the 70-year-old, twice-removed chief justice of the state Supreme Court big advantages if he persists in his campaign — notwithstanding allegations that while he was a prosecutor in his 30s he sexually assaulted two teenage girls and pursued romantic relationships with others.

RNC Cuts Ties With Roy Moore Campaign
Decision comes amidst sexual misconduct allegations

Roy Moore is accused of sexual misconduct. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Republican National Committee has pulled out of the joint fundraising committee it set up with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s campaign following allegations of sexual misconduct. 

The decision, first reported by Politico, comes five days after the Washington Post reported that Moore had made inappropriate sexual advances towards four women when they were teenagers and Moore was in his thirties. Another woman came forward Monday and said Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years-old. 

Senate Republicans Weigh Next Steps for Roy Moore
Some said there isn’t much more they can do to pressure Moore to step aside

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Republicans are examining options to block Roy Moore from the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Republicans were examining options to prevent Roy Moore from becoming a U.S. senator. But some GOP senators acknowledged there isn’t much more they can do with Moore refusing to step aside. 

GOP lawmakers have called on Moore to withdraw his nomination in the special election for the seat vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions following a bombshell Washington Post story. The Post reported that four women accused Moore of sexual advances while they were teenagers and he was in his thirties. Another woman said Monday that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old. 

Jones’ Ad Touts Republicans Supporting Him Over Moore
Statewide ad hints at reports of Moore’s improper relationships with teen girls

A new ad for Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones shows Republican voters saying they can't vote for Roy Moore. (Doug Jones for Senate via YouTube)

Alabama’s Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones’ latest ad shows Republicans saying they support him instead of GOP candidate Roy Moore.

The ad hints at allegations that Moore had inappropriate sexual contact with teenage girls without saying it explicitly. 

Alabama's Largest Media Outlets Condemn Moore
Former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice ‘simply cannot be a U.S. Senator,’ papers say

Roy Moore is running for Senate in Alabama. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alabama’s preeminent print and digital news outlets issued a scathing condemnation of U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore Tuesday, saying it it “unthinkable” that the former state Supreme Court chief justice could ever be elected to the Senate.

The AL.com editorial board called Moore’s “taste for dating high school girls” when he was single and in his 30s “unseemly.”