The Republican candidate for senator of Alabama Roy Moore has managed to maintain a solid lead over his Democratic challenger Doug Jones amid allegations of sexual assault from four different women. The Washington Post published an article last Thursday reporting on an alleged sexual assaultby Moore involving a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 years old, nearly 40 years ago. Since that story, three other women have come forward accusing Moore of sexual assault while he was the assistant district attorney for Etowah County, Alabama from 1977 to 1982. Alabama changed its statute of limitations several years ago for sex crimes involving minors, but in 1979 when the alleged assaults took place, the statute of limitations was three years, meaning there will be no investigation into the allegations. Moore has published several statements in recent days denying the allegations of sexual assault, while also reaffirming his commitment to remaining the Republican candidate in the senate race.
Several Republicans have called on Moore to drop out of the race, but should Moore drop out, he cannot be replaced on the ballot, as Alabama law does not permit changing a candidate less than 76 days prior to the election. Moore has refused to drop out, calling the allegations against him “fake news” and describing the allegations as a “last-ditch Hail Mary” by the Democrats to attempt to win the election. However, the former deputy district attorney for Etowah County, Alabama told CNN that Moore’s relationships with teenagers were “common knowledge” and that he frequently attended local high school gatherings. Several Republicans have called on Moore to drop out of the senate race, while others have called on Alabama governor Kay Ivy to postpone the special election to give Republicans the opportunity to replace Moore on the ballot. However, recent polls show Roy Moore with a 10 point lead over Democrat Doug Jones, while another shows the race tied. Whether or not the allegations are true, Moore deserves his day in court to defend himself, as well as having his accusers present their evidence and share their recollection of the alleged incidents.
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