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Graham on Moore: 'We are about to give away a seat' key to Trump's agenda

Graham on Moore: 'We are about to give away a seat' key to Trump's agenda
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Graham, Whitehouse: Global transition to renewables would help national security Hillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals MORE (R-S.C.) on Monday said Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore poses a threat to the Republican agenda, adding that he favors maneuvering that would trigger a new special election.

“We’re about to give away a seat that can determine the future of Trump’s agenda, and I hope the good people of Alabama on the Republican side will try to find a way to pick a nominee that can represent the conservative cause in an effective way,” Graham said on Fox News Radio's “The Brian Kilmeade Show.”

Moore is under pressure from numerous Republican lawmakers to step down from the race. He faces allegations of sexual misconduct, including assault, from multiple women, most of whom were teenagers at the time.

Moore has been defiant, refusing to drop out of the race for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos Garland strikes down Trump-era asylum decisions MORE's former seat and calling the allegations an effort by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell shoots down Manchin's voting compromise Environmental groups urge congressional leaders to leave climate provisions in infrastructure package Loeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run MORE (R-Ky.) to steal the election from Alabama voters.

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Graham said he’s in favor of any maneuvering to get a new nominee on the ticket in Alabama, including an idea that’s been floated wherein Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangePandemic proves importance of pharmaceutical innovation The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Trump faces test of power with early endorsements MORE (R-Ala.), who was appointed to the Senate after Sessions was confirmed as attorney general, resigns, triggering a new special election to fill the vacant seat.

“It’s so important to me that we succeed,” Graham said in the interview.

“This Jones guy’s not going to help us on anything that Trump wants to do," he added, referring to Moore's Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.

Graham has previously called on Moore to step aside in the race, adding that “if you can’t be in a mall, you shouldn’t be in the Senate,” a reference to reports that Moore was banned from a local mall after badgering teenage girls there. 

“I think he’s a terrible nominee for the Republican Party, and we’ll probably lose a seat that’s impossible to lose, almost, as a Republican,” Graham said Monday.