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The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY SALLY PER­SONS ● Seth McLaugh­lin and Stephen Dinan con­trib­uted to this re­port.

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell is ap­peal­ing to the White House about the Alabama Se­nate race and said he may push a write-in can­di­date over Repub­li­can Roy Moore, though such an ef­fort faces huge dif­fi­cul­ties and could hand the seat over to the Democrats.

Mr. McCon­nell said he’d al­ready spo­ken to Pres­i­dent Trump, Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly about Mr. Moore and the mul­ti­ple named women who have ac­cused him of sex­ual abuse. There will be fur­ther con­ver­sa­tions when Mr. Trump re­turns Tues­day night from a lengthy tour of Asia, the Ken­tucky Repub­li­can said at a fo­rum Tues­day or­ga­nized by The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Moore is “ob­vi­ously not fit to be in the United States Se­nate, and we’ve looked at all the op­tions to try to pre­vent that from hap­pen­ing,” Mr. McCon­nell said, adding that Mr. Trump is dis­cussing the party’s op­tions “in great de­tail.”

Both Mr. McCon­nell and the other top Capi­tol Hill Repub­li­can, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, have said they be­lieve Mr. Moore’s ac­cusers. Other Repub­li­cans have even said the Se­nate should refuse to seat him in the cham­ber if he wins.

“Th­ese al­le­ga­tions are cred­i­ble,” Mr. Ryan said, re­fer­ring to the mul­ti­ple women who have come for­ward to say Mr. Moore pur­sued re­la­tion­ships with them when he was in his 30s and they were teens.

“If he cares about the val­ues and the peo­ple he claims to care about, then he should step aside,” Mr. Ryan said.

But since Mr. Moore’s name is al­ready on ab­sen­tee bal­lots that have been dis­trib­uted for the Dec. 12 spe­cial elec­tion, he can­not legally be re­moved from the bal­lot.

“This close to elec­tion, it’s a com­pli­cated mat­ter,” Mr. McCon­nell said.

Mr. Moore, who built his image as an un­re­pen­tant out­sider, re­peated Tues­day that he will not drop out.

“Alabami­ans will not be fooled by this #In­sid­eHitJob. Mitch McCon­nell’s days as Ma­jor­ity Leader are com­ing to an end very soon. The fight has just be­gun,” he posted on Twit­ter.

The na­tional party con­tin­ued to dis­tance it­self from Mr. Moore on Tues­day, with the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee re­port­edly with­draw­ing its sup­port for the cam­paign.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in Politico, cit­ing “a se­nior party of­fi­cial briefed on the de­ci­sion,” the RNC is ceas­ing joint fundrais­ing oper­a­tions with the Moore cam­paign, will trans­fer no more money and will pull a team of paid can­vassers to aid the Moore team in the state.

Other Repub­li­cans are de­bat­ing a write-in cam­paign with an­other can­di­date, pos­si­bly in­cum­bent Sen. Luther Strange or At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions, whose ap­point­ment to that post led him to resign his Se­nate seat and start this very elec­tion.

But ac­cord­ing to Alabama Sec­re­tary of State John Mer­rill, no write-in can­di­date has ever won a statewide elec­tion in the state.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Repub­li­can, also warned Tues­day about write-in cam­paigns, telling Fox Busi­ness Chan­nel that they are no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult un­less the can­di­date al­ready has name recog­ni­tion in the state.

“I think there’s a bet­ter way to do it, which is if a can­di­date is not qual­i­fied, that can­di­date should be re­moved,” he said. “Or if it’s too late to re­move them, just let the vot­ers know the per­son will not be seated.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, a write-in can­di­date could split the Repub­li­can vote enough to give the vic­tory to Demo­crat Doug Jones even in deep-red Alabama. Cook Po­lit­i­cal Re­port changed the rat­ing of the race to “toss up” in light of the Moore ac­cu­sa­tions.

Mr. Jones re­leased a new tele­vi­sion ad Tues­day in which self-iden­ti­fied Repub­li­can vot­ers say they are back­ing Mr. Jones be­cause they can’t stom­ach Mr. Moore over the sex as­sault ac­cu­sa­tions.

“I am a Repub­li­can, but Roy Moore? No way,” a man says in the spot. “This time, it is even worse,” an­other man says. “You read the story, and it just shakes you,” a woman says.

Oth­ers say the sto­ries about Mr. Moore are “just aw­ful.” Some say, “I just don’t trust him,” “He is too di­vi­sive” and “Don’t de­cency and in­tegrity mat­ter any­more?”

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For­mer Alabama Chief Jus­tice Roy Moore has vowed not to drop out of his bid to be­come a GOP se­na­tor in next month’s Alabama spe­cial elec­tion de­spite a damn­ing Washington Post re­port in which then-un­der­age girls say that Mr. Moore, then in his 30s, touched them in­ap­pro­pri­ately.

Demo­cratic Se­nate can­di­date Doug Jones has re­leased a new cam­paign ad in which dis­gusted for­mer Moore sup­port­ers say they will now in­stead vote for the Demo­crat.

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