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Many GOP Lawmakers Privately Hoping for a Moore Defeat

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By    |   Tuesday, 12 December 2017 09:13 AM

With all that's left is the vote, many Capitol Hill Republicans and strategists are privately hoping that Alabama Republicans cast their ballots to defeat Roy Moore in Tuesday's special election.

Licking their wounds with a Democrat in Jeff Sessions' Senate seat is likely a better alternative than having to explain away Moore in next year's midterms and beyond, The Hill reports.

"There is virtually no other state where, in a general election, the question 'How close to Roy Moore are you?' is a good one for a Republican candidate," Doug Heye, a former communications director at the Republican National Committee, told The Hill.

Moore, who dug in against the multitude of GOP voices directing him to step down in the wake of nine women accusing him of sexual misconduct, continues making potential life in the Senate more difficult should he defeat Democrat Doug Jones on Tuesday.

Moore just recently extolled the era of slavery, and his wife, Kayla, at a rally Monday pushed back against charges of anti-Semitism by saying one of their lawyers "is a Jew."

Moore can boast the full-throated support of President Donald Trump and former Trump disciple Steve Bannon, but that's about it outside of Alabama Republicans.

Former Alabama senator turned Attorney General Sessions has been silent, only saying he found the stories of Moore's accusers credible; the state's other senator, Richard Shelby, said Alabamians "can do better."

Sen. Lindsey Graham has repeatedly knocked Moore and on Monday said his victory would be the "gift that keeps on giving for Democrats."

Rep. Will Hurd said Moore is an "abomination to the Republican party."

But, at stake is a thin majority getting even thinner for Republicans in the Senate.

"It's a lose-lose, either way," GOP strategist Alex Conant told The Hill. "You hate to have another Democrat in the Senate but Roy Moore will create huge and immediate problems for the Republican Party if he is elected to federal office."

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With all that's left is the vote, many Capitol Hill Republicans and strategists are privately hoping that Alabama Republicans cast their ballots to defeat Roy Moore in Tuesday's special election.
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