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Sen. Bill Cassidy withdraws support for Roy Moore over sexual misconduct allegations

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U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, R-La., has withdrawn his support for Roy Moore, the Republican nominee in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat, amid allegations he had sexual relations with a 14-year-old in 1979 when he was 32. 

Senator Cassidy tweeted Saturday, "Based on the allegations against Roy Moore, his response and what is known, I withdraw support."

The now-70-year-old Republican Senate candidate has emphatically denied these allegations stating, "These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign," according to The Washington Post. 

The Associated Press reports on Saturday,  during his first public appearance since the allegations surfaced, Moore showed no signs of backing down despite the demand of a growing number of Washington Republicans for him to step aside.

When asked about the allegations and if Moore should remain in the race, President Donald Trump, who is in Asia, said the Alabama candidate will "do the right thing" if the allegations are true, according to the Associated Press. 

In the hours following The Washington Post report on Thursday, some Republicans speculated that Alabama Governor Kay Ivey would delay the Dec. 12 special election; however, her spokesperson said Gov. Ivey has no plans to do so, the AP report states. 

To read more about the allegations against Moore, click here

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