Graham calls on Moore to step aside

Graham calls on Moore to step aside
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate panel advances three spending bills Trump says he will sign executive order to end family separations Trump backs narrow bill halting family separations: official MORE (R-S.C.) on Monday called on Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to step aside, hours after a new accuser came forward alleging Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager.

“If he continues this will not end well for Mr. Moore,” Graham tweeted.

Moore was already facing pressure from Republicans to drop out of the Senate race after The Washington Post published a story detailing an account from Leigh Corfman, now 53, who said she had a sexual encounter with Moore in 1979, when she was 14 years old and he was 32.


Monday afternoon, Beverly Young Nelson said Moore assaulted her when she was a minor. Nelson showed reporters a message that she said Moore wrote in her yearbook in 1977.

Three other women have said Moore attempted to date them around that time when they were between 16 and 18 years old.

Graham is the latest lawmaker to call for Moore to bow out of the Senate race.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPolitical figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer Charles Krauthammer dies at the age of 68 Overnight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos MORE (R-Ky.), on Monday called for Moore to “step aside,” and was followed by Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate Gang of Four to meet next week on immigration Republicans agree — it’s only a matter of time for Scott Pruitt Skyrocketing insulin prices provoke new outrage MORE (R-Maine), Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump GOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border Senate GOP tries to defuse Trump border crisis MORE (R-Texas) and others.

Some have suggested rallying a write-in campaign around Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeLoyalty to Donald Trump is new normal for the Republican Party In GOP primaries, Trump can hurt someone, but can he help? Trump loyalty tests, surging number of women winners defines Tuesday's election results MORE (R-Ala.), who lost to Moore in a primary runoff in September.

The deadline for the party to remove Moore’s name from the ballot passed in October.

Moore has denied the allegations and has vowed to continue in the race.