The Republican Party's main Senate campaign committee has cut funding ties with Roy Moore, the GOP candidate for the Senate in Alabama.
The Republican national Senatorial Committee made the announcement in response to a report Nov. 9 alleging that Moore had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl in 1979, according to the Washington Examiner.
RNSC chair Sen. Cory Gardner, who endorsed Moore in September, released a statement on the report.
"If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election," Gardner said, according to the Examiner.
In an interview with Sean Hannity Nov. 10, Moore rejected the allegation made by Leigh Corfman.
"I don't know Miss Corfman from anybody," Moore told Hannity, The Washington Post reported. "The allegations are completely false. I believe they're politically motivated."
Hannity asked him about the other three women who spoke to The Post. The women alleged that Moore pursued them when they were teenagers.
Moore acknowledged that he knew several of the women, but added he didn't "remember going out on dates" with them.
He referred specifically to Gloria Thacker, denying the suggestion that he served her wine when she was underage.
"She said she believed she was underaged," said Moore. "As I recall she was 19 or older. I never provided intoxicating liquor to a minor. I seem to remember her as a good girl."
Leading Republicans, such as Sen. John McCain and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, have urged Moore to drop out of the Senate race immediately. The election is set for Dec. 12.
"Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections," stated Romney. "I believe Leigh Corfman. Her account is too serious to ignore. Moore is unfit for office and should step aside."
Others have backed the former judge.
"The same thing happened to President Trump a few weeks before his election last year except it was several women making allegations," Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. stated. "And I believe the judge is telling the truth."
Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler suggested Moore's alleged actions could be biblically justified.
"Take Joseph and Mary," Zeigler added. "Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus."
Some Republican officials noted that if Moore remains in the race, he could become a problem for other Republican candidates during the 2018 midterm elections.
"I'm prepping my candidate for what he is going to say if he is asked," one campaign manager told The Post. "At the very least, it is something that everyone is going to have to answer: Do you think Roy Moore at the age of 32 with a 14-year-old is like Mary and Joseph?"