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Kansas Republican senators say Roy Moore should step aside if allegations are true

Republican Roy Moore, a U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, should step down if allegations published in a Washington Post story are true, Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts of Kansas say.
Republican Roy Moore, a U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, should step down if allegations published in a Washington Post story are true, Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts of Kansas say. File

U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts of Kansas say that if allegations from a recent Washington Post story about Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore are true, he should step aside.

The Post report detailed Moore allegedly having a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old in 1979. The story notes that Moore was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney when he met the girl.

“Three other women interviewed by The Washington Post in recent weeks say Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s,” The Post’s story said.

Moran and Roberts joined top Republicans who have called on Moore to step down if the accusations are true, according to McClatchy DC.

Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt’s office did not respond with a comment by noon Friday.

Moore’s campaign said in a statement about the Post story this week that “this garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation.”

“Judge Roy Moore has endured the most outlandish attacks on any candidate in the modern political arena, but this story in today’s Washington Post alleging sexual impropriety takes the cake,” the statement said.

The special election for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat is set for Dec. 12.

Hunter Woodall: 785-354-1388, @HunterMw

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