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New Poll: Majority of Alabama Republicans Think Roy Moore Allegations Are False

New Poll: Majority of Alabama Republicans Think Roy Moore Allegations Are False

Four-decade-old sexual misconduct allegations against Alabama Republican Roy Moore are playing a major role for voters in his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat, but nine days ahead of the election two major polls are split whether he is ahead of Democrat Doug Jones.

Just 35 percent of likely voters said they believe Moore pursued relationships with teenage girls when he was in his 30s, while 37 percent said they are either unsure or do not have an opinion, and 28 percent said they do not believe the allegations, the poll found.

The survey shows that allegations of improper sexual behavior against Moore, a former Alabama chief justice, hang heavily over a race that would favor a Republican under ordinary circumstances in this deeply conservative state.

Among Republicans who say they don't believe the allegations, 92 percent say Democrats are behind the charges and 88 percent say the media are. One of the accusers, Leigh Corfman, told The Washington Post she was 14 and Mr. Moore was 32 when he touched her over her underpants and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear. McConnell on Sunday said it is up to Alabama voters to decide the election and that should Moore win, it would be up to the Senate Ethics Committee to consider the women's accusations.

Mr. Moore, 70, has denied any wrongdoing.

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"Like most Americans the president believes we can not allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a person's life", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One before Trump arrived in Vietnam to attend an Asia-Pacific summit.

The CBS poll shows the outcome of the Senate race could turn on turnout.

With less than two weeks to go, support for Democrat Doug Jones among likely voters stands at 50 percent vs. Moore's 47 percent - a margin of a scant three points that sets up a nail-biter for the oddly timed December 12 special election. But when the data are expanded to include all registered voters, the contest is even.

However, the poll also highlighted a continued division among Alabama voters on the validity of the allegations. It has a 3.8 point margin of error for questions based upon the entire sample and a 4.8 point margin of error for likely voters.

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