Can Roy Moore win in Alabama, despite the well-researched and corroborated allegations of sexual misconduct that have engulfed his campaign?
The Washington Post published a story Thursday citing four women who said Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 14 and 18, between 1979 and 1981, when Moore worked as a district attorney.
The Republican National Committee continues to be a part of the joint fundraising agreement with Moore's campaign and the Alabama Republican Party.
Moore has called the allegations "fake news".
Moore's campaign did not immediately respond Friday to a request for comment about the NRSC's decision to abandon the race.
"When I asked what does he believe the motivation is with these women coming forward, making the accusations they have, again, Jerry Moore says it's money and the Democratic Party, implying that they are doing this because they're being paid in some way, and it is for the objective of derailing or interrupting this campaign", Savidge said. After being opposed by Mitch McConnell and Trump in his primary, Moore owes nothing to the Republican Party.
Steven Law, the head of a McConnell-aligned super PAC that led an onslaught against Moore in the Republican runoff, did not wait for a guilty verdict before he excoriated Breitbart for "defending "consensual" sex between a 32-year-old and a 16-year-old".
Alabama political strategist David Mowery, who has worked for candidates of both parties, said the chance of Moore bowing out of the race was "less than zero", and that it was nearly as improbable for state party officials to abandon him in favor of a last-minute write-in candidate.
Moore has denied the allegations and given no indication that he will exit the race.
The Republican lawmaker questioned the timing of the accusers coming forward, stating that one "cannot tell me there hasn't been an opportunity through the years to make these accusations with as many times as he's (Moore) run (for office) and been in the news". John McCain said the allegations are bad enough, and Moore should step down anyway. And when I say "serve alongside", I mean that literally.
Bannon is calling the Post an "apparatus of the Democratic Party" and notes it was among the first to report the "Access Hollywood" tape that caught Trump using sexually predatory language in 2005.
Four women, now adults, told the WaPo that Moore pursued them romantically when he was grown man, and they were teenagers. If that happens, McConnell and other Republicans would face the challenge of figuring out which candidate would run in Moore's place - and how to win an election in which it is too late to replace the former judge's name on the December 12 ballot. Even before the sexual abuse accusations became public, Senate Republicans had been asked repeatedly about Moore's more extreme positions on the proper role of the Christian faith in American political life.
The White House says President Donald Trump believes Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore "will do the right thing and step aside" if sexual misconduct allegations against him are true. National liberal organizations know their chosen candidate Doug Jones is in a death spiral, and this is their last ditch Hail Mary'.
The poll does show Moore losing support disproportionately among self-identified Evangelicals (a majority of Alabama voters), leading Jones in that demographic 58-37; he led by 68-28 in September. As senators headed in for an afternoon vote on a Transportation Department nominee, reporters swarmed Republicans in a bid to get their reaction.
Doster, the adviser to Moore, said the candidate's campaign chairman, Bill Armistead, had talked to members of Alabama's congressional delegation after the news broke.
Moore was the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, but was removed twice - once for defying a federal judge's order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building.