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Trump formally endorses Roy Moore's campaign

Trump formally endorses Roy Moore's campaign

Roy Moore holds a campaign rally in Henagar, Alabama, on November 27, 2017.

Fundraising by Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is lagging behind that of his Democratic rival Doug Jones as Democrats flood the race with money in hopes of stealing a victory as the special election campaign for the seat enters the final stretch.

The Moore campaign confirmed that Trump had called the candidate to offer his endorsement. "President Trump called Judge Moore a "fighter" and expressed his eagerness to have Judge Moore fighting for his agenda in Washington".

President Trump cited Democrat refusal on tax reform as the main reason to have Moore in the Senate.

The president's endorsement comes as Moore faces allegations from at least eight women in recent weeks who have accused the 70-year-old of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior toward them when he was in his 30s and when, in some cases, the women were in their teens.

A woman who said she dated Roy Moore when she was 17 and he was 34 says she has found a scrapbook with new evidence of their relationship, according to a report published Monday by the Washington Post. He did note, however, that Moore has "totally" denied the allegations against him.

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Trump had endorsed Moore before the scandal, after he won the September primary over incumbent Sen.

The president still has no plans to personally campaign for Moore, but he will be holding a campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida this Friday, just under 30 miles from the Alabama state line. He says it didn't happen.

Some of the women have also claimed Moore made sexual advances on them. He said Trump felt that "when allegations arise 38 years later - when Roy Moore has been a very public figure for those 38 years, he's run multiple times statewide in Alabama, the people of Alabama have an opportunity to choose and make decisions about Roy Moore's character - that there are certain questions that come about the timing of these allegations".

Moore has faced several critics within his own party in the Senate, but as his campaign has endured the allegations, some have softened their stance.

"We need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama", Trump declared in an early morning tweet, leaving no question that he was supporting a Senate nominee that many other Republican leaders have repudiated and called upon to quit the race.


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