The Alabama Republican Party said Thursday it stands behind Senate candidate Roy Moore as candidate vowed to remain in the race and the White House said state voters should pick their congressional representative.
"The ALGOP Steering Committee supports Judge Roy Moore as our nominee and trusts the voters as they make the ultimate decision in this crucial race," Terry Lathan, who chairs the party, said in a statement.
The party's 21-member committee met on the issue Wednesday, she said.
"Judge Moore has vehemently denied the allegations made against him," Lathan said. "He deserves to be presumed innocent of the accusations unless proven otherwise.
"He will continue to take his case straight to the people of Alabama."
Lathan added "there is a sharp policy contrast between Judge Moore, a conservative Republican who supports President [Donald] Trump, and the liberal Democrat who will fight and thwart the agenda of our president."
The chair was referring to Democrat Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney, whom Moore is facing in the Dec. 12 election.
"We trust the Alabama voters in this election to have our beloved state and nation's best interest at heart," Lathan said. "Alabamians will be the ultimate jury in this election – not the media or those from afar.
"We are very grateful for the multitudes that have reached out to us with support and prayers," she added. "We ask God to guide us, politically and personally, with His mighty strength and wisdom.
"In turn, we also pray that justice and truth will prevail for all involved in this situation."
At a news conference Thursday, Moore, 70, charged Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was trying "to steal this election" by calling for him to step down amid the sexual assault allegations now lodged by nine women.
In addition, President Trump believes the accusations against Moore are "very troubling," but Alabama voters should decide on who wins the December election, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
"The president believes that these allegations are very troubling and should be taken seriously — and he thinks that the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their next senator should be," Sanders told reporters at the daily briefing.
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