Cruz’s Democratic challenger fundraises off support of Roy Moore

Cruz’s Democratic challenger fundraises off support of Roy Moore
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Tech: Facebook faces crisis over Cambridge Analytica data | Lawmakers demand answers | What to watch for next | Day one of AT&T's merger trial | Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian The case for a new branch of the military: United States Space Force The problem with hindsight MORE's (R-Texas) Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke (Texas) blasted Cruz in a fundraising email for supporting Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) in the wake of allegations that Moore initiated sexual contact with a minor decades ago.

"It's not that complicated, Ted Cruz: we're talking about potentially elevating a man who preyed on young girls to the U.S. Senate," O'Rourke wrote in an email obtained by the Dallas Morning News.


Moore on Friday resisted calls to exit the Alabama Senate race amid fallout over an explosive Washington Post investigation this week revealing allegations that Moore initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in 1979, when he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney.

Moore has denied the allegations amid growing criticism from Republicans.

“I believe they are politically motivated. I believe they are brought only to stop a very successful campaign, and that’s what they are doing. I’ve never known this woman," Moore said Friday on Sean Hannity's radio show.

Cruz was among a number of GOP senators to throw their support behind Moore's campaign ahead of the December special election. Meanwhile, two GOP senators on Friday dropped their support for Moore's campaign as pressure grows over the sexual misconduct allegations.

“Having read the detailed description of the incidents, as well as the response from Judge Moore and his campaign, I can no longer endorse his candidacy for the US Senate,” Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenate tees up Yemen vote for Tuesday Congress moving to end US involvement in Yemen This week: Congress races to prevent third shutdown MORE (R-Utah) said in a statement.

“I am pulling my endorsement and support for Roy Moore for U.S. Senate,” Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesOvernight Tech: Ivanka Trump gives boost for anti-sex trafficking bill | GOP senators push to keep online sales tax out of omnibus | How James O'Keefe operatives tried to trick tech employees Overnight Finance: Hensarling not holding talks on Senate Dodd-Frank bill | McConnell says vote to block Trump tariffs 'unlikely' | Trump talks up Kudlow | Major financial industry groups to combine GOP senators: Don't include online sales tax bill in omnibus MORE (R-Mont.) tweeted.

Moore is set to face Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAttorneys for Trump, Mueller hold face-to-face meeting to discuss potential interview topics: report Holder: Sessions needs to 'have the guts' to say no to Trump Trump adds to legal team after attacks on Mueller MORE and currently held by Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeMississippi is new headache for GOP in the South McDaniel makes GOP Senate challenge official in Miss. The Trump Presidency: Year One MORE (R-Ala.). 

In September, Moore defeated Strange in the state's GOP primary runoff. Strange was appointed to the seat in February by former Gov. Robert Bentley (R).