Moore, at the time an assistant district attorney, asked for the girl's phone number and days later took her to his house, where they engaged in sexual activity before she asked to be taken home, Ms. Corfman said.
The break with Moore came a day after The Washington Post reported allegations by four women who said Moore had pursued sexual relationships with them when they were teenagers. Three other women also told the Post that Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which fundraises for Senate candidates, is no longer listed as one of the beneficiaries of a joint fundraising committee benefitting Moore, per paperwork filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission.
The question this poll can not really answer is the level of detail about the allegations against Moore that voters absorbed the day they were released - presumably not a lot of Alabamians read the Washington Post - and whether the sheer creepiness of Moore's reported conduct came through.
Moore's campaign did not immediately respond Friday to a request for comment about the NRSC's decision to abandon the race.
Moore has said he plans to continue his campaign and there has been no signal from the state Republican Party that they are seriously considering seeking to disqualify him from the December 12 general election ballot. "However, the president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside", said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
In a one-sentence statement Thursday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says: "If these allegations are true, he must step aside". "It involves a 14-year-old girl which I would have never had contact with".
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Defiant as ever, Moore himself issued a fundraising appeal asking for emergency donations in a "spiritual battle". "They became parents of Jesus", Ziegler was quoted as saying by the Washington Examiner.
Moore has denied the allegations and given no indication that he will exit the race.
"Not a ton of great options and even fewer if he insists on staying put", acknowledged one senior Republican Senate strategist granted anonymity to speak candidly about the Moore situation. Alabama voters who routinely cast votes for Republicans would presumably take a second look at the ballot, remember that the GOP has withdrawn its endorsement of Moore, and write in odd instead. "He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of", he said.
"As I said on TV tonight, I apologize when I misspoke and was not totally clear earlier today", Hannity tweeted on Thursday night. He faces Democrat Doug Jones in a special Senate election on December 12 to replace Jeff Sessions, who is now U.S. attorney general.
Reaction after the Post story was published online was swift and severe. "He owes it to the state and the U.S. Senate". A 16 year old said Moore invited her on a date but her mother refused.
Moore is appealing for donations in his race for a Senate seat from Alabama just hours after the Washington Post reported allegations that Moore had sexual contact with a woman when she was 14 and he was 32. Moore, an anti-establishment conservative, was twice removed from his state's Supreme Court for judicial misconduct.
So now Alabama voters have a choice: an accused child molester versus Doug Jones, a Democrat who successfully prosecuted two Klansman for killing four African-American girls. A handful of senators suggested they would support unusual if he launched a bid, and odd told the Associated Press he would "do some more research" before ruling it out.