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The Last: McConnell: GOP still hope to keep Alabama chair

WASHINGTON – The Latest on Roy Moore and the special election in Alabama for the US Senate (all times are local):

3:30 pm

The Senate’s top Republican says the party still hopes to retain the Alabama Senate seat in the center of a scandal involving GOP candidate Roy Moore.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday: “We hope to rescue the chair, and it is possible that a write-in” campaign. McConnell says that he expects to discuss the issue with President Donald Trump as soon as he returned to Washington.

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

McConnell says with the Dec. 12 election four weeks away, “it’s a very complicated case” to try to retain the seat. Moore can’t be knocked off the vote under Alabama law.

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This post has been corrected to say that the Dec. 12 election in Alabama is four weeks away.

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3 hours

Alabama Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones says that he is tired of people blaming his campaign for reports of sexual misconduct by his Republican opponent, Roy Moore.

Jones said the scandal Tuesday after a campaign stop in Birmingham.

Asked if his campaign was in contact with Moore’s alleged victims, Jones said: “I am tired of people blaming this campaign.”

He says that he has not heard of the women who claim misconduct and has “not reached.” He said something else to suggest is “absolutely absurd and consistent with a pattern of absurd reactions from both Roy Moore and his campaign.”

Jones largely downplayed the allegations of misconduct against Moore during a short press conference.

He said that he would continue to focus on the problems of Alabama voters, and “let that play there.”

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2:10 pm

Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell has spoken to both President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence in the last few days about the Alabama Senate race and the accusations against GOP candidate Roy Moore.

That is the word of the two Washington Republicans, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t allowed to publicly discuss the talks.

Senate Republicans, led by McConnell, have called on Moore to step aside, but he has dug. The GOP is relying on the Trumpet, in the hope that he can some power with Alabama Republicans. The president came back from his trip to Asia on Tuesday.

Both Washington Republicans say White House officials are part of the GOP worried about Moore, who is facing allegations of sexual misconduct, and hold on to the Senate seat.

—By Alan Fram

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11:35 pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that he has “no reason to doubt” the women who accused Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when they were minors.

Sessions made the comment under questioning Tuesday by Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. Moore is running for the seat, with Sessions held until his confirmation earlier this year. But Sessions refused to say whether he thinks Moore should drop out of the race.

Women have accused Moore groping when they were teenagers decades ago.

Sessions says it would be normal in a case of public prosecutors. But he also says the Justice Department will “assess any case, whether it would be investigated.”

Some Republicans have floated the idea of the abolition of Moore and rallying around a write-in candidate, perhaps Sessions, who remains popular in Alabama.

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10:50 pm

The house of representatives Paul Ryan says Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore “should step aside.” Ryan says that the allegations against Moore as “credible.”

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Ryan joined the growing chorus of Washington Republicans call Moore to stop the race after two women stepped forward to describe how Moore groped them when they are teenagers decades ago. Moore called the false reports.

Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have struggled to find a way to force Moore. His name remains on the ballot for the Dec. 12 special election against Doug Jones.

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10:10 pm

Democrat Doug Jones has unveiled a new campaign ad in which Alabama voters, including Republicans, say that they can’t vote for Roy Moore. Moore is confronted with the demands of Washington Republicans to stop the race, if women have come to the fore says he groped them when they were teenagers decades ago.

Jones’ commercial, coming days after the revelations about the allegations of sexual misconduct against the Senate GOP candidate, highlights, short statements of various persons.

A man says that he is a lifelong Republican but “just can’t” vote for Moore.

A woman asks: “Don’ t decency and integrity?”

Jones appears briefly at the end to say he approved the ad.

The election is Dec. 12. Moore has rejected the allegations as false.

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3:25 pm

Roy Moore, the support of his fellow Republicans is bleeding. And a second woman has accused the Alabaman groping of her when she was a teenager in the late 1970’s.

They were the last blows to Moore’s attempt to win an open Senate seat that suddenly seems up for grabs.

Moore denied the latest accusations and said he did not know that his prosecutor.

But in New York, a tearful Beverly Young Nelson detailed an attack she says occurred when she was 16 years old and he locked her in a car.

Last week, The Washington Post reported other alleged incidents decades ago.

Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that he believes that Moore’s critics and wants the former judge to the end of his candidacy. Moore says McConnell must leave his post, because he disappointed conservatives.

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