New sex as­sault al­le­ga­tion hits Moore

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A sec­ond woman emerged Mon­day to ac­cuse Roy Moore of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her as a teenager in the late 1970s, this time in a locked car, fur­ther roil­ing the Alabama Repub­li­can’s can­di­dacy for an open Se­nate seat.

Moore strongly de­nied it, even as his own party’s lead­ers in­ten­si­fied their ef­forts to push him out of the race.

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell took a re­mark­ably per­sonal swipe at his party’s can­di­date for a Se­nate seat the GOP can­not af­ford to lose. “I be­lieve the women,” he said, mark­ing an in­ten­si­fied ef­fort by lead­ers to ditch Moore be­fore a Dec. 12 special elec­tion that has swung from an as­sured GOP vic­tory to one that Democrats could con­ceiv­ably swipe.

Moore abruptly called a news con­fer­ence in Gal­lant, Alabama, af­ter a tear­ful Bev­erly Young Nel­son’s de­tailed the new al­le­ga­tions to re­porters in New York.

“I can tell you with­out hes­i­ta­tion this is ab­so­lutely false. I never did what she said I did. I don’t even know the woman,” Moore said.

He sig­naled he has no in­ten­tion of end­ing his can­di­dacy, call­ing the lat­est charges a “po­lit­i­cal ma­neu­ver” and launch­ing a fundrais­ing ap­peal to “God-fear­ing con­ser­va­tives” to counter his aban­don­ment by Washington Repub­li­cans.

In the lat­est day of jar­ring events, McCon­nell and Moore es­sen­tially de­clared open war on each other.

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