U.S. SE­NATE RACE

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district at­tor­ney.

“I can tell you with­out hes­i­ta­tion this is ab­so­lutely false,” Moore said, speak­ing along­side his wife, who ex­pressed sup­port.

“I never did what she said I did. I don’t even know the woman. I don’t know any­thing about her. I don’t even know where the res­tau­rant is or was,” he said , de­clin­ing to take any ques­tions.

Moore has said he has no rec­ol­lec­tion of dat­ing women in their teens when he was in his 30s.

But he faced mount­ing calls late Mon­day to quit the tight race with Demo­crat Doug Jones as Repub­li­cans seek to hold on to their slim 5248 ma­jor­ity in the Se­nate and re­place Jeff Ses­sions, now US at­tor­ney gen­eral.

The Se­nate’s top Repub­li­can, Mitch McCon­nell, said he be­lieved Moore’s ac­cusers and urged the anti-es­tab­lish­ment con­ser­va­tive — who is far to the right of his own party — to “step aside” from the Dec 12 elec­tion.

Sen­a­tor Jeff Flake, a Repub­li­can, said he would rather vote for a Demo­crat than for Moore, and agreed on calls to ex­pel him should he win.

White House of­fi­cials have also said that if the ac­cu­sa­tions are true, Moore should step aside.

Un­der Alabama law, it is too late to have Moore’s name taken off the bal­lot, but some Repub­li­cans have dis­cussed putting forth an­other can­di­date vot­ers could write in man­u­ally on their bal­lot.

The No. 2 Se­nate Repub­li­can, John Cornyn, with­drew his en­dorse­ment of Moore, call­ing the ac­cu­sa­tions “dis­turb­ing and, if true, dis­qual­i­fy­ing”.

But some still ex­pressed sup­port. Alabama Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mo Brooks said he backed Moore be­cause his Demo­cratic ri­val would “vote wrong”.

“There are ma­jor is­sues fac­ing the United States of Amer­ica,” Brooks was quoted by news­pa­per Roll Call as say­ing.

“Doug Jones will vote wrong on each of those is­sues... Roy Moore will vote right.

“That’s why I’m vot­ing for Roy Moore.” AFP

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Bev­erly Young Nel­son (left) re­act­ing as she reads a state­ment with at­tor­ney Glo­ria Allred in New York on Mon­day.

Roy Moore

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