For most Americans, the question of whether or not to vote for Republican Roy Moore in his race for Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat is purely hypothetical. But for the voters of Alabama, it’s a question they’ll have to answer when election day arrives on Dec. 12.
Moore has seen his campaign hit with attack after attack as numerous women have come forward to accuse him of past sexual misconduct. He’s denied every claim, yet the mountain of allegations have turned many against him, including many Republicans.
Alabama’s Republican governor was faced with that question early when a reporter asked her how she would vote in the special election, The Hill reports. Gov. Kay Ivey said earlier this week that she would “hold judgment” until more facts came to light.
Now on Friday, she’s admitting that "I certainly have no reason to disbelieve any of [Moore’s accusers]. The timing is a little curious. But at the same time, I have no reason to disbelieve them."
But she added, “I believe in the Republican Party, what we stand for, and most important, we need to have a Republican in the United States Senate to vote on things like the Supreme Court justices, other appointments the Senate has to confirm and make major decisions.”
“So that's what I plan to do, vote for Republican nominee Roy Moore,” Ivey concluded, also dispelling the notion that she would delay the Dec. 12 election.
Down 8 points behind Democrat candidate Doug Jones, according to Fox News, Moore will need every vote he can get. His wife Kayla seemed convinced that the majority of Alabama voters will support her husband. She spoke about the huge support he still has during her appearance at a “Women for Moore” rally on Friday.
Moore’s competitor Jones saw a quarter million dollars in donations come in the day after the first of the Moore accusers came forward, according to a report obtained by The Hill. Moore, meanwhile, has had a significant source of his funding cut off.
The Republican establishment leaders on Capitol Hill were quick to call for Moore to resign despite a lack of evidence of Moore’s alleged misdeeds. They backed up their words by severing financial ties with the embattled judge.
Still, Alabama is a Republican bastion. That means it shouldn’t be the biggest surprise in history if Moore wins — depending, of course, on if more accusers and some hard evidence come forward.
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