In Washington at least, few Republicans came to Moore's defense in the hours after the report was published. But other Republican Senators, including John McCain and Jeff Flake, have struck a tone closer to that of Romney. "If he can't disprove the charges in a brief period of time, then he should step aside". The poll also shows that most Alabamans don't think Moore should step down from the race; only 34.9 per cent say that he ought to do so.
"The President also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside", she added. Moore has vehemently denied the allegation. "So rest assured - I will NEVER GIVE UP the fight!"
The study found "a disproportionate concentration of predatory behavior among for-profit colleges" - the actual figure was 98.6% - which reminded me of a 2016 piece in National Review that began: "Many people believe that higher education is a de facto scam".
Then there is the fact that the widespread condemnation of Moore among GOP senators is not entirely shared by Alabama Republicans.
Under Alabama state law, the ballot can not be changed within 76 days of an election.
If, however, the state party tells election officials that it wants to withdraw its nominee, or if Moore himself chose to do so, election officials would not certify any votes cast for Moore. The general election will be December 12. Second: the NRSC's preferred candidate would have been current incumbent Luther Strange, and this might free them up to help fund a Luther write-in campaign. Alabama voters who routinely cast votes for Republicans would presumably take a second look at the ballot, remember that the GOP has withdrawn its endorsement of Moore, and write in odd instead.
Moore, even before The Post story on Thursday, was going to be a problem that McConnell and the rest of the governing wing of the Republican Party in Washington was going to have to deal with. "McConnell has any say so in this".
Despite such support, experienced Republican operatives believe the Alabama Senate seat, held by the GOP for the last 20 years, is now at risk. "There is no place in our party for sexual predators".
"You understand this is 40 years ago and after the military, and I dated a number of young ladies", Moore said of the possibility of going on dates with other young women. The newspaper interviewed more than 20 people who knew Moore between 1977 and 1982 before publishing its findings.
The news struck the Capitol with a thunderbolt Thursday afternoon. Chairman Cory Gardner, who leads the Senate GOP campaign arm. If he stays, how can Senate GOPers deal with him on a day-to-day basis? Moments later, odd came to the floor and headed straight for McConnell.
Strange, seemingly unsure of what to do, was instructed to vote and leave the chamber as quickly as possible.
He walked toward the back door of the Senate Chamber, paused momentarily and stepped out.
McConnell's inner circle spent late Thursday morning discussing the repercussions and how Republicans should move forward - and grousing that if odd, their preferred candidate in the primary, was still the nominee, they would not be answering questions about Moore's conduct.
Mr. Moore was backed by former White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon and other conservative leaders.