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Roy Moore ‘will not step down’ from U.S. Senate campaign, his wife says

Roy Moore ‘will not step down’ from U.S. Senate campaign, his wife says

Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore and wife Kayla arrive to participate in the Mid-Alabama Republican Club’s Veterans Day Program in Vestavia Hills, Ala., Nov. 11. (Marvin Gentry/Reuters)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Embattled Alabama Republican nominee Roy Moore’s wife Kayla Moore said Friday that her husband will not end his Senate campaign, which has been upended by allegations that he initiated unwanted sexual encounters with women when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

“He will not step down. He will not stop fighting for the people of Alabama,” Kayla Moore said in remarks here Friday.

Her comments were the latest signal that Moore is not planning to end his campaign, even as Senate Republican leaders have urged him to bow out and have withdrawn their support for him.

Among GOP officials here in Alabama, however, the reaction has been very different. The state Republican Party issued a statement Thursday saying they are sticking by Moore.

Kayla Moore spoke on the steps of the state Capitol here before several dozen women, and after several previous speakers.

She thanked backers for their support. And she apologized for not being able to reply to all the well-wishers.

“Most of the negative has been from out of state . . . The people of Alabama know what is going on here,” she said.

Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 special election. Some public and private polls released this week have shown Jones with a lead.

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