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After multiple allegations of sexual assault and harassment of minors against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, a complicated set of elections laws and rules is being used to keep his hat in the ring. The abundance of allegations against the Republican nominee for the state’s open U. There are allegations from several other women around Gadsden, Alabama, that Moore sought their affections while he was in his 30s and they were teenagers, allegations Moore has not flatly denied.
There’s the November 9 allegation from Leigh Corfman in that Moore, the former Alabama Supreme Court judge, sexually abused her when she was 14.
That’s even as leading Republicans in the Senate, including Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell and Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn called on Moore to step aside, fellow Alabama Senator Richard Shelby told Moore to “consider” dropping out, and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner, the leader of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, even called on the Senate to expel Moore should he win the seat.
Moore still has many defenders in Alabama who don’t seem to care all that much about the allegations.
A complicated labyrinth of Alabamian election laws makes it difficult to force Moore out or replace him with another Republican candidate, and accordingly, Republicans in the state appear to be in no hurry to force him to step aside.
As reports, the Alabama Republican Party’s central steering committee plans to meet this week to discuss Moore’s nomination, which only they can withdraw.
According to Richard Winger, editor of , “it’s all kind of moot if Roy Moore doesn’t want to resign. There’s no state that would allow the party to replace a candidate that won the primary and didn’t want to quit.”But Merrill told me that that wouldn’t be the case if the state GOP decided to withdraw its nomination from Moore in this case.
According to Alabama state law, it’s now too late to even remove Moore from the ballot, even though he could still lose the party’s nomination.
Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler affirmed his support, and in a bizarre quote likened the alleged abuse to the Christian Holy Family.
Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said that “it would be a serious error for any current elected GOP official or candidate to publicly endorse another party’s candidate, an independent, a third party or a write-in candidate in a general election.”Lathan went even further, appearing to threaten fellow Republicans who bucked the party line by citing the state GOP’s right to deny access on the ballot to any candidate who even publicly supports the campaign, write-in or otherwise, of a candidate for another party.
Aside from the more predictable conspiracy theorists and “allegations are just allegations” types, there’s a heavy contingent of people who have expressed their support even in the event of the allegations being proven entirely true.
Alabama Bibb County Republican chairman Jerry Pow told reporter Daniel Dale that he'd vote for Moore even if Moore had committed crimes.