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Strange: Write-in campaign “highly unlikely”

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By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senator Luther Strange, R-Ala., said pursuing a write-in campaign is “highly unlikely” on Tuesday according to multiple media outlets.

Strange’s comments come after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested a write-in campaign to oppose Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s campaign. In a Wall Street Journal interview, McConnell suggested that former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions would make a good write-in candidate.

Alabama Chairman Terry Lathan told members of her party that anyone encouraging such an action would be thrown out of the party.

McConnell and other GOP senators called on Moore to step down after a report from the Washington Post alleged Moore pursued relationships with teenagers and sexually assaulted a 14-year-old.

Moore’s campaign has denied all the claims made in the report.

Since the report, Moore has lost multiple allies in Congress. The latest one calling for Moore to step down was Speaker of House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin.

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Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, who manages the GOP Senate campaign fund, suggested that Moore may be expelled if he wins the seat.

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GOP Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Steven Daines, R-Montana, retracted their endorsements of Moore.

At this point, nearly half of the Senate Republicans are calling on Moore to resign in some capacity. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, even said he would probably vote for a Democrat over Moore.

Moore will face Democrat Doug Jones in December.

The Alabama delegation to Congress is mixed on their support for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced.

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, made his position known through the press last week. Shelby told ABC News that Moore should “seriously consider” resigning from the position.

U.S. Rep Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, has stood behind Moore despite the allegations made by now five women.

The Congressman was spotted recently running down the stairs in the Capital while an ABC Reporter was trying to ask him about Moore’s allegations. Brook’s only response was that Democrats are harming the country.

Brooks challenged Moore for the Republican nomination, and endorsed Moore in the runoff.

All the other representatives in Alabama’s delegation have not made their position known on whether they support Moore or not.

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