A senior official in the USA state of Alabama has used the Bible to condone Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's reported sexual misconduct with minors and dismissed the furore over the allegations as "much ado about nothing".
Reynolds says the timing of the allegations in a report from The Washington Post is too coincidental, with only a month left in the campaign.
Henry, R-Hartselle, who represents a portion of Cullman County, said he suspects the timing of the stories told by five women about Moore's alleged sexual advancements 40 years ago, as told to The Washington Post, are politically motivated as the December 12 special election nears.
Kinzinger went a step further, sharing that he thinks the Senate should take swift action to remove Moore, he wins the Senate seat.
The poll does show Moore losing support disproportionately among self-identified Evangelicals (a majority of Alabama voters), leading Jones in that demographic 58-37; he led by 68-28 in September. To listen to some Republican officials in the state, Moore is a victim even if he is guilty. A handful of other women came forward to describe similarly inappropriate sexual encounters with Moore, as well, claiming they were between the ages of 16 and 18 at the time.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona, however, tweeted that Moore should step aside "immediately".
Leigh Corfman, now 53, told the Post she met Moore at a courthouse in 1979 when Moore offered to keep her company on a bench outside of a hearing room while her mother was inside for child custody proceeding.More news: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho would improve Barcelona, says Luis Suárez
This, even as Moore's would-be Republican colleagues have called on him to quit the race if the allegations were true.
Zeigler, asked to respond to Lipinsky's comments today, stressed that he believes the story about Moore is not true and called the story a "hit piece". But as NPR's Jessica Taylor notes, "The Alabama Republican Party and the Republican National Committee remain fundraising partners with Moore, per the agreement".
The question this poll can not really answer is the level of detail about the allegations against Moore that voters absorbed the day they were released - presumably not a lot of Alabamians read the Washington Post - and whether the sheer creepiness of Moore's reported conduct came through. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who now serves as USA attorney general.
Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama is facing lurid allegations of sexual misconduct with minors decades ago - and an immediate backlash from party leaders demanding he get out of the race if the accusations prove true.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's name can not be removed from the ballot this close to the election.
On several occasions, Moore has made controversial statements and taken positions that have cost him his job.
None of the other women said that Moore forced them into any sort of relationship or sexual contact.
Moore himself was suspended as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2016 after refusing to comply with the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling.