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Mitch McConnell supports write-in campaign for Alabama Senate seat

Mitch McConnell supports write-in campaign for Alabama Senate seat
From CBC - November 14, 2017

The U.S. Senate's top Republican says the party still hopes to retain the Alabama Senate seat at the centreof a scandal involving Republican candidateRoy Moore.

Majority leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday: "We would hope to save the seat and that might require a write-in" campaign. McConnell says he expects to discuss the issue with President Donald Trump once the president returns to Washington.

The national party has turned against Moore, a Christian conservative accused of molesting teenage girls during the late 1970s when he was in his 30s. Trump has remained quiet while on an extended trip to Asia.

McConnell says with the Dec. 12 election three weeks away, "it's a very complicated matter" to try to retain the seat. Moore ca not be knocked off the ballot under Alabama law.

McConnell said President Donald Trump called him on Friday and the two discussed Moore and he spoke to Vice President Mike Pence on Monday. McConnell sayshe also spoke to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly about Moore

"There is no question that there is a deep concern here. Roy Moore should step aside. The women who have come forward are entirely credible," McConnell told reporters. "He's obviously not fit to be in the United States Senate and we have looked at all the options to try to prevent that from happening."

Republicans callon Moore to quit

House Speaker Paul Ryan also saysMoore "should step aside" and that the allegations against Moore "are credible."

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Ryan joined the growing chorus of Washington Republicans calling on Moore to quit the race after two womenstepped forward describing how Moore groped them when they teenagers decades ago. Moore has called the reports false.

Moore's Democratic Party opponent Doug Jones says he's tired of people blaming his campaign for reports of sexual misconduct by Moore.

Jones addressed the scandal Tuesday after a campaign stop in Birmingham.Asked whether his campaign was in touch with Moore's alleged victims, Jones said: "I am tired of people blaming this campaign."

Jeff Sessions 'fits the mold' for a write-in candidate

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