Strange encouraged to run write-in campaign after Moore allegations

Strange encouraged to run write-in campaign after Moore allegations
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Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe siren of Baton Rouge Interior plan to use drilling funds for new projects met with skepticism The 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework MORE (R-Alaska) said Thursday she has talked to Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeThe Trump Presidency: Year One Dems search for winning playbook Stephen Bannon steps down from Breitbart MORE (R-Ala.) about running a write-in campaign in the wake of an explosive new report that Roy Moore, the GOP candidate for Senate in Alabama, had inappropriate encounters with teenage girls.

Strange challenged and lost to Moore in the Republican primary for the open Alabama Senate seat. His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Murkowski won reelection in 2010 by running a successful write-in campaign.

Murkowski's comment follows a Washington Post story published Thursday detailing several women's accounts of Moore's pursuit of relationships while they were teenagers.

According to the report, Moore touched Leigh Corfman, then 14, over her bra and underpants when he was 32 and serving as an assistant district attorney. The two never had sexual intercourse, and the incident took place in 1979, according to Corfman.

The newspaper found three other women who said Moore had approached them around a similar time, when they were between the ages of 16 and 18. 

Moore's campaign blasted the report as “the very definition of fake news.”

Strange was appointed to the Senate seat in February to replace Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusion Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand MORE.

Moore defeated Strange in a Republican primary runoff in September, and has been heavily favored to win next month’s special election against Democratic nominee Doug Jones.

Republican senators on Thursday largely said that if the report is true, Moore should step aside in the race.

However, Alabama law prohibits a candidate from withdrawing from a race within 76 days of Election Day, meaning Moore is expected to remain on the ballot. It is also unclear whether Strange could run a write-in campaign. 

The Alabama Senate special election will take place on Dec. 12.