Alabama Senate Race

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.

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. 

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. 

Write-In Candidate Would Be ‘Serious Error,’ AL GOP Chairwoman Says
Talk of a write-in campaign followed allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore

Judge Roy Moore campaign worker Maggie Ford collects signs after the U.S. Senate candidate forum held by the Shelby County Republican Party in Pelham, Ala., on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It would be a “serious error” for Republican officeholders to support a write-in candidate in the Senate race, the chairwoman of the Alabama Republican Party said in a statement.

Speculation of a write-in campaign mounted following allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, the GOP candidate. 

3 Ways Republicans Can Block Roy Moore From the Senate
GOP senators have called on their Alabama nominee to step aside

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

Republicans looking to block Roy Moore from becoming a senator are exploring a number of options, though the window is closing with the Alabama Senate race just four weeks away.

After The Washington Post reported that four women described sexual advances from Moore, when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s, GOP leaders called on the candidate to quit if the allegations were true. Another accuser came forward Monday to say Moore sexually assaulted her. 

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NRSC Chairman: Senate Should Expel Moore if Elected
Sen. Cory Gardner said Moore is unfit to serve in the Senate

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., leads the NRSC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Cory Gardner, who leads Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, said Monday the Senate should vote to expel Roy Moore if he wins the Alabama Senate race.

“If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate,” the Colorado Republican said in a statement Monday afternoon.

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Will Sexual Misconduct Allegations Sink Moore Campaign? Stay Tuned
Republican candidate accused of inappropriate advances with four women when they were teenagers

Alabama Republican Roy Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 special election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Roy Moore is facing a wave of criticism and national Republicans are bolting from his campaign — but will allegations of sexual misconduct matter in the  Alabama Senate race? 

Four women have accused Moore of sexual and romantic advances when they were teenagers — one when she was  14 — nearly four decades ago. At that time, Moore was in his 30s and an  assistant district attorney.