Should Roy Moore drop out of the Alabama Senate race?
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Should Roy Moore drop out of the Alabama Senate race?

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After multiple women came forward accusing Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, including an incident with a victim as young as 14 years old, many are calling on the Alabama judge to drop out of the race. Some GOP lawmakers and political commentators have come to Moore's defenseincluding Sean Hannity, who chose to attack the victim instead. But others are urging Moore to drop out and make room for a less problematic candidate. What do you think?

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The National Review Editorial Board—a traditionally conservative publication—is calling on Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to drop out of the race and make room for a better candidate. 

They describe the allegations as "gross" but "not criminal," and believe Moore's actions call into question whether he should be a Republican standard bearer. While acknowledging that Moore may still win the Alabama race, they argue the responsible thing would be for him to step down.

There is almost certainly no way to independently confirm them, and Moore denies them strenuously. But the allegations are credible.
We, nonetheless, have little doubt that he will soldier on, and he might well still win in December. The better option would be to spare his party the exertions of defending him against these latest allegations (some of his colleagues have already disgraced themselves with absurd rationalizations), and back a new write-in candidate for the seat. That this would be the reasonable thing to do is one reason we assume Moore will do the opposite.
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But many Republicans have come to Roy Moore's defense. An Alabama State Auditor used the example of Mary and Joseph to justify Moore's behavior: 

"Take Mary and Joseph. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter... There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual."

Moore himself claims the allegations are a "completely false and desperate political attack" being perpetrated by "the Obama-Clinton Machine’s liberal media lapdogs."

State Representative Ed Henry accused the women cited in The Washington Post story as being politically motivated and not credible.

“You cannot tell me there hasn’t been an opportunity through the years to make these accusations with as many times as [Moore has] run [for office] and been in the news,” Henry told the Cullman Times. He said he believes Moore’s accusers should be prosecuted. “You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion.”

And Sean Hannity made waves when he turned the story against the accusers.

“We do have Ten Commandments. One of the Commandments is, ‘Thou shalt not bear false witness.’ We know human beings break, with regularity, the other nine commandments. Did they break this one? I mean, it’s something to think about."
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Some have criticized Republicans for choosing to go after Moore's victims.

Other Republicans have chosen to speak out against Moore.

But others feel Democrats are being hypocrites and believe the allegations are only meant to smear Moore. And about 29 percent of Alabamans said the allegations against Moore actually made them more likely to vote for him.

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