Roy Moore trails in Senate poll after accusations of contact with teenagers

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Roy Moore trails in Senate poll after accusations of contact with teenagers

Roy Moore is now losing to Doug Jones in the first major poll following the publication of harassment allegations.

"I don't know this is going to turn out".

Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short was a bit more definitive than his colleagues, at least, telling Meet the Press's Chuck Todd that "There's no Senate seat more important than the issue of child pedophilia".

An Alabama woman says Moore, the Republican nominee for next month's U.S. Senate election, made inappropriate advances and had sexual contact with her when she was 14, according to a Washington Post story Thursday.

'In the next few days there will be revelations about the motivation and the content of this article, ' Moore said during a Birmingham campaign rally on Saturday.

"I have not provided alcoholic beverages, beer or anything else, to a minor", Moore said.

A poll published Sunday showed Democrat Doug Jones with 46 percent to Republican Roy Moore's 42 percent.

But others have said more strongly that they believe the detailed accounts of the women and acknowledge the public ridicule the accusers have faced for coming forward.

Speaking on NBC, Toomey says because the "accusations have more credibility than the denial, I think it would be best if Roy would just step aside".

Sen. Pat Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, suggested on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that there could be a write-in campaign for unusual because it's too late to remove Moore's name from the ballot.

Alabama holds a special election on December 12 to fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The White House, pointedly noting that President Trump did not back Moore during the primary, said Trump will probably weigh in on the Senate race when he returns from Asia this week.

Moore's name remains on the ballot and he intends to win the election.

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