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Alabama Republicans, fearing Roy Moore's base, decline to push him out of Senate race

Alabama Republicans, fearing Roy Moore's base, decline to push him out of Senate race

Fearing a backlash from Roy Moore’s loyal political base, top Alabama Republicans are resisting national calls to push the retired judge out of a key special Senate election set for Dec. 12.

But the Republicans actually empowered to sideline Moore, state elected officials and members of the Alabama GOP, appeared uninterested, fretting they might get sacked at the hands of disgruntled Moore supporters.

The Republican National Committee appeared to take the extraordinary step of pulling material support for Moore, signaling that President Trump might consider cutting bait.

“The name being most often discussed may not be available, but the Alabamian who would fit that standard would be the attorney general,” McConnell told a Wall Street Journal conference, regarding the sort of candidate he’s looking for to jump into the race at the 11th hour.

Since five women came forward with accusations of Moore's alleged wrongdoing when they were teenagers — including allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual assault, and sexual relations with a girl who at the time of the alleged encounter was 14, two years under the legal age of consent — Moore’s lead has evaporated.

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