Gov. Ivey still planning to vote for Roy Moore

Updated: Nov. 13, 2017 at 12:24 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey took questions Monday about the state's U.S. Senate special election and GOP candidate Roy Moore, who is battling a growing scandal involving multiple allegations he dated or had sexual activities with teenage girls in the late 1970s while he was in his 30s.

There had been speculation over the weekend that the Dec. 12 special election could somehow be paused. The New York Times reported Republicans are trying to block Moore's path as a candidate.

Ivey, during a press event after Monday's meeting of the Silver Haired Legislature event in Montgomery, again said the special election will still be held on Dec. 12. Her office first quashed the speculation over the weekend.

"I will withhold judgment until we get more of the facts," Ivey said. "People of Alabama need to know the facts."

Ivey took a long pause when asked if she was not committed to voting for Moore at this point.

"Based on what I know now, yes, I would vote for him," the governor, a fellow Republican, stated. "But we don't have the facts. There may be some more facts to come out. But he is the party's nominee."

The Washington Post first reported Thursday that Moore initiated sexual activities with a then 14-year-old girl in 1979, a claim the candidate has strongly denied. The Post's article cites other accusers who say Moore pursued them when they were teens.

Monday, a new accuser is set to come forward. Attorney Gloria Allred will hold an afternoon news conference to discuss her as-of-yet unnamed client's claim that Moore sexually assaulted her.

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