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 CruzWith religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again Interstate compacts aren't the right way to fix occupational licensing laws Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for wall 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.

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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 LeeNSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle With religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again This week: Time running out for Congress to avoid 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 DainesHow Republicans beat the odds on taxes Overnight Cybersecurity: Newly identified hacker group stole millions from banks | House passes DHS cyber overhaul bill | Facebook app for kids spurs privacy concerns Local governments grapple with ransomware threat 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 SessionsSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants DOJ wades into archdiocese fight for ads on DC buses Overnight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector MORE and currently held by Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeDems search for winning playbook Stephen Bannon steps down from Breitbart Scott joins Armed Services Committee 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).