THE NEW YORK TIMES – ALAN BLINDER, JONATHAN MARTIN
Roy S. Moore, the embattled Republican Senate nominee in Alabama, moved Saturday to discredit the women who accused him of sexual misconduct, and his party’s most powerful figures became increasingly desperate to end a campaign that they worried would undermine their candidates nationwide.
Mr. Moore won at least one battle in his efforts to salvage his candidacy — Gov. Kay Ivey rebuffed calls that she postpone next month’s election, which could leave Republicans with a narrower majority in Washington — but his supporters and detractors alike believed that his campaign remained in jeopardy.
“People have waited until four weeks prior to the general election to bring their complaints,” Mr. Moore, 70, said during a Veterans Day event in Vestavia Hills, Ala., near Birmingham. “That’s not a coincidence — it’s an intentional act to stop a campaign.”
Mr. Moore has denied the allegations The Washington Post published on Thursday, including that he molested a 14-year-old girl, Leigh Corfman, when he was 32. “I have not been guilty of sexual misconduct with anyone,” said Mr. Moore, who added that he has “the highest regard for the protection of young children.”