The latest on Roy Moore case in Alabama

The Latest: Moore campaign site adds form to report media

3:10 p.m.

The Alabama Republican Party says it stands with GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, breaking ranks with national Republicans who have called for him to step out of the race amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Republican Party Chairwoman Terry Lathan said Thursday that the party’s 21-member steering committee “supports Judge Roy Moore as our nominee.”

Lathan says that the 70-year-old Moore has denied the allegations and that “Alabamians will be the ultimate jury in this election.”

Two women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct when they were ages 14 and 16 and he was in his 30s. Others said Moore attempted to date them as teens.

The White House also said Thursday that President Donald Trump believes the voters of Alabama should decide Moore’s fate.

The special election is Dec. 12. Moore’s Democratic opponent is Doug Jones.

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3:05 p.m.

Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is calling accusations of sexual misconduct against him “scurrilous and false,” but he declined to take questions from reporters about them.

Moore says the accusations are “not only untrue but they have no evidence.” He says he will be staying in the race despite calls from fellow Republicans to step down.

Religious and conservative allies of Moore held a Thursday news conference to show support for the candidate.

Two women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct when they were 14 and 16 and he was in his 30s. Others say Moore attempted to start romantic relationships with them when he was in his 30s and they were teens.

Conservative commentator Alan Keyes, abortion-rights opponents and others spoke in support of Moore.

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2:50 p.m.

The White House says President Donald Trump believes the voters of Alabama should decide Roy Moore’s fate and finds the allegations against the Republican Senate candidate “very troubling.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that Trump isn’t calling on Moore to exit the race amid allegations of sexual misconduct decades ago with teenage girls when he was an assistant district attorney in his 30s. Moore denies the allegations.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have called on Moore to step aside.

Sanders says Trump “thinks that the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their next senator should be.” She declined to say whether Trump continues to back Moore.

Sanders says Trump supported the Republican National Committee’s decision to withdraw its resources from the race.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Latest on Republican Roy Moore and the special U.S. Senate election in Alabama (all times local):

10:45 p.m.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore’s campaign website has added a form for people to report “inappropriate news organization contact.”

The form asks for a description of the events and urges users to fill it out to “get a quick response from our team.”

Moore has been the subject of heavy national media coverage since allegations surfaced of sexual misbehavior with teenage girls. He has given a single media interview about the allegations to Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity.

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10:20 p.m.

A meeting of Alabama GOP officials has ended without a vote on whether the party should pull its support for Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Three sources familiar with the meeting of the 21-member party steering committee say the group met for hours Wednesday night but did not take a vote.

The party is expected to maintain its support for Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct three decades ago.

The state party has been silent for the last week as national Republicans called for Moore to step down. Some local GOP groups have called on the party to maintain support for Moore.

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9:30 p.m.

Roy Moore signed an order in a divorce case involving Beverly Young Nelson in 1999, documents show, but they do not reflect whether Moore ever saw her in court during the proceeding.

Court records show Beverly Harris sought a divorce from Ervine Lee Harris III on May 25, 1999. The couple had three children, and District Judge W.D. Russell scheduled a child custody hearing for June 16, 1999.

The judge later delayed the hearing at the request of the woman. The next month, Moore signed an order dismissing the divorce case at the woman’s request; records do not indicate Moore or any other judge ever held a hearing where the woman might have seen Moore.

In an attempt to undermine Nelson’s credibility, Moore’s lawyer pointed out the divorce case Wednesday, rejecting Nelson’s claim she had no contact with Moore since the 1970s.

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7 p.m.

Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore tells Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity he never dated “underage girls” but won’t be commenting further.

Tuesday night, Hannity called on Moore to explain “inconsistencies” in his response to allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers or exit the Alabama race. Moore had given his single media interview about the allegations to Hannity. In that interview, he did not wholly rule out dating teenagers as a man in his 30s.

Moore’s campaign has issued an open letter to Hannity, saying Moore denies the allegations of sexual assault and did not date “underage girls.”

Moore writes that “at the direction of counsel, I cannot comment further” because he is considering defamation lawsuits.

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