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Hawley, Blunt decline support of Roy Moore

(AP) Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley says fellow Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama should step aside unless he can prove sexual misconduct claims against him are false.

Hawley’s statement came after a woman said Monday that Moore assaulted her when she was a teenager in the late 1970s. Hawley called the latest claim against Moore “incredibly disturbing.”

He says Moore should step aside unless he can provide “rock solid evidence” to disprove the claims.

Hawley earlier Monday said Moore should step aside if allegations against him are true, adding that he has a right to defend himself.

The Washington Post previously reported that Moore had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl and pursued three other teenagers decades earlier. The Alabama candidate has said allegations against him are false.

Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt is saying that women who have made allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama have “a more credible story” than Moore.

Blunt stopped short of calling for Moore to step aside in light of allegations that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl decades ago. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier Monday said Moore should quit the race.

Blunt in a Monday statement said Alabama voters should have a better choice.

The Washington Post reported that Moore, when he was in his 30s, tried to initiate a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl and pursued romantic relationships with three other teenagers. A new accuser on Monday said Moore assaulted her when she was 16.

Moore says the reports are untrue.

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