Majority of Alabama Republicans don't believe Roy Moore accusers

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"We're going to let the people of Alabama decide, a week from Tuesday, who they want to send to the Senate, and then will address the matter appropriately", McConnell said.

Referring to the committee, the Kentucky Republican added: "I'm confident they'll come up with the right conclusion". Only 2 percent said they're "definitely false" and 5 percent said they're "probably false", while 7 percent said they don't have an opinion.

Saturday's Washington Post poll shows the Alabama electorate is divided on the validity of the allegations against Moore, and that some voters still believe those claims are baseless. One of the accusers, one of whom was 14 at the time, first told her account in the Post, while a second woman held a news conference. The legal age of consent in Alabama is 16.

The accusations against Moore are much more serious than those against Trump, and, because of his long history as a divisive figure in Alabama, he was already facing a possibly-competitive race before the allegations came out. Mr. Kaufman wonders if the allegations about Mr. Moore actually happened, and he blames the "Washington establishment" for using the "same dirty tactics against President Trump during the 2016 election". Trump, who lives in his own plane of reality, has made it clear that he doubts Moore's accusers, and though he's not campaigning for the candidate directly, he is holding a rally in Florida this week that may as well serve that goal.

After McConnell said Moore should step aside, Moore tweeted that it was McConnell who should bow out of politics, saying he "has failed conservatives and must be replaced".

"This is a state where no one has a real track record, because who bothers to poll Alabama statewide races?"

Jones, 63, is backed by 50 percent of likely voters, while 47 percent support Moore, 70, in a Washington Post-Schar School survey conducted Monday through Thursday.

This comes as the Republican has been targeted by Democrats and the mainstream media for unverified allegations from almost 40 years ago, but Moore is fighting back.