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Republican senators are starting to abandon Roy Moore

They appear to be distancing themselves after his troublesome interview with Sean Hannity.

Alabama GOP Senate Candidate Roy Moore Holds Election Night Gathering In Special Election For Session's Seat Scott Olson/Getty Images
Jen Kirby is a senior foreign and national security reporter at Vox, where she covers global instability.

Republican senators are pulling their support of Alabama GOP candidate Roy Moore over allegations, first published in the Washington Post, that he pursued sexual encounters with four teenage girls decades ago, when he was in his 30s.

Friday evening, two GOP senators stated that they could no longer support Moore, weeks ahead of the special election in Alabama for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s old seat:

They didn’t say what Republican voters in Alabama should do instead. Because it’s too late for Moore to be removed from the ballot, the main options would be to stay home, write in another candidate, or vote for Moore’s opponent, Democrat Doug Jones.

Initially, GOP senators hedged their condemnation of Moore, saying some version of he should step aside or they would hold their endorsements, if the allegations were true.

The timing of Republican lawmakers’ decisions to cut ties with the controversial candidate seemed to coincide with an interview Moore gave on Sean Hannity’s radio program Friday afternoon. He addressed the accusations and called the Post story “completely false,” but admitted to knowing two of the women cited in the report and “didn’t dispute” that he had dated teens.