McConnell, Roy Moore each insist the other should quit

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The Post report was based on interviews with Corfman and three other women who said Moore pursued them while he was in his 30s and they were between 16 and 18 - though none of the other three say he initiated sexual contact, as Corfman did.

Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Kay Ivey has called the allegations against Moore "deeply disturbing", but on Monday she said, "I will withhold judgment until we get more of the facts", according to WSFA in Alabama. She alleges that he told her at the time: "You're just a child and I am the district attorney ... and if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you".

Moore is facing growing calls from Republicans for him to step aside in the Alabama Senate race.

McConnell said Republicans could attempt to win the December 12 special election with a write-in candidate, possibly by Senator Luther Strange, the appointed lawmaker whom Moore defeated for the party's Senate nomination in a primary election in late September.

Now people in Alabama have come to reporters at The Washington Post and have told multiple stories of Moore hitting on and in one case molesting teenage girls. "I want Mr. Moore to know that he no longer has any power over me". Asked if unusual might be a candidate again, he said "We'll see".

The crossfire escalated a GOP civil war over Moore's Senate candidacy in a December 12 special election, which until last week's allegations was viewed as an inevitable Republican win in the deep-red state.

Four surveys of voters taken in Alabama, a southern state, in the immediate aftermath of the newspaper story and Moore's adamant rejection of it show him to be in a close race with Jones, separated by a few percentage points, with a significant share of undecided voters. He added, "We do not plan to let anybody deter us from this race".

Nelson and Allred say they'd like to see the Senate Judiciary Committee subpoena Moore to testify under oath, and that Nelson would be willing to do the same.

"If true, the allegations leveled against Roy Moore are disturbing", U.S. Rep.

"But, having said that, he hasn't been proved guilty", Short added.

But Nelson noted that she and her husband supported Donald Trump for president and said the timing of her allegations were not motivated by politics but by the four "brave" women who spoke to The Washington Post.

Moore is an outspoken Christian conservative and former state Supreme Court judge.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., on Sunday said Moore's denials seemed to raise more questions. "The denial was not as strong as the allegations", Scott said.

Even if Moore were to step aside, his name would likely remain on the ballot.

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