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Sen. Susan Collins: Roy Moore’s Denials Are Not ‘Convincing’

Maine's senior senator renewed her call for Alabama U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore to withdraw from the race following an explosive report alleging sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl decades ago.

Joining a growing chorus of establishment Republican lawmakers in Congress, Sen. Susan Collins cited Moore's statement and a radio interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity in which he denied the charges.

"I did not find his denials to be convincing and believe that he should withdraw from the Senate race in Alabama," Collins tweeted Monday afternoon.

The Washington Post broke the story Thursday after reporting the stories of a woman who recalled sexual misconduct by the former judge when he was in his 30s and she was 14 years old, and three others who described him pursuing romantic relationships with them while they were teenagers.

"If there is any truth at all to these horrific allegations, Roy Moore should immediately step aside as a Senate candidate," Collins had tweeted out the day the news broke.

Over the weekend, Moore announced he would file a lawsuit against the Post and that neither Democrats nor Republicans want to see him win a special Senate election.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also said Monday that Moore "should step aside," adding that he believes Moore's accusers.

Moore is running for the Senate seat vacated by now-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions against Democrat Doug Jones. The special election will be held Dec. 12.

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