Toomey: Roy Moore should step aside over sex allegations

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"Look, I'm sorry, but even before these reports surfaced, Roy Moore's nomination was a bridge too far", Sen. Pat Toomey said Sunday he thinks embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore should "just step aside".

Moore has vehemently denied the claims, but in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Friday wouldn't rule out that he had dated girls in their late teens at the time.

Teresa Jones, who worked with Moore as a deputy district attorney for Etowah County, Ala., from 1982 until 1985, said that it was "common knowledge" the controversial politician allegedly preferred younger women.

"You know, this is a awful situation, almost 40-year-old allegation, we'll probably never know for sure exactly what happened", said Toomey, R-Pa, told NBC.

Both Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnel and House Speaker Paul Ryan have called for Moore to step aside in the Senate election race if the allegations are true, and several GOP senators have withdrawn their backing for Moore.

Asked if that would have been usual for him, Moore said, "Not generally, no".

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GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore faces allegations that he initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl decades ago.

"This article is a prime example of fake news", Moore said, who blamed the article on Democrats or establishment Republicans trying to stop his campaign.

"A write-in is something we should certainly explore", the Pennsylvania Republican told host Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet the Press. The victor between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones takes the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

There's options for unusual or another candidate to launch a competitive write-in candidacy, while some Republicans are pushing for a delay in the election.

"I will never give up the fight", Moore tweeted Thursday.

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