Roy Moore speaks at Angel Grove Baptist Church

Roy Moore speaks at the Angel Grove Baptist Church in Jacksonville. (Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star/file)

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U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore faces accusations from four women that he pursued them romantically when he was in the 30s and the women were in their teens. One of Moore’s accusers says she was 14 when Moore initiated sexual contact in 1979. Here are the latest developments.

Moore says he’ll sue The Washington Post, which first reported the allegations.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he “believes the women” and urges Moore to step aside.

Another woman is expected to come forward with claims against Moore today in a press conference in New York. She’s being represented by Gloria Allred, a lawyer who has represented other women who’ve accused men of sexual misconduct.

 A poll for the first time shows Democrat Doug Jones with a lead over Moore.

 Calhoun County Republican leaders say they don’t believe the Post report and claim they’ve seen an uptick in interest in volunteering for the campaign since the story broke. Democrats too say they’ve seen a surge of volunteers.

 Gov. Kay Ivey says there’s no plan to move the election date.  Without a change to the datethere’s no way for the Republican Party to replace Moore on the ballot, though the party could put up another candidate as a write-in. If Moore drops out but wins the popular vote anyway, Secretary of State John Merrill says, the election will be invalid and another election could be held.

Capitol & statewide reporter Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter @TLockette_Star.

This article originally ran on annistonstar.com.

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