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Cornyn withdraws Moore endorsement

Cornyn withdraws Moore endorsement
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Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynRepublicans divided over legislation protecting Mueller Democrats mull audacious play to block Pompeo Overnight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes MORE (R-Texas) is the latest Republican to drop his endorsement of Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore in the wake of allegations of sexual contact with an underage girl.

"The most appropriate course of action, in my view, is to leave the final judgment in the hands of Alabama voters — where it has always belonged — and withdraw my endorsement," Cornyn said in a statement on Monday.

He added that "the accusations against Roy Moore are disturbing and, if true, disqualifying."

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Cornyn's comments are the latest sign of Republicans breaking with Moore following a bombshell report claiming he pursued relationships with teenagers when he was in his 30s. 

The youngest woman quoted says she was 14 at the time and that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her.