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Moore accusations shakeup Alabama Senate Race

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Roy Moore & Doug Jones face off in special Alabama  U.S. Senate election December 12. Source: FOX 10 News Roy Moore & Doug Jones face off in special Alabama U.S. Senate election December 12. Source: FOX 10 News
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

Just a month away from the Special Senate Election, Roy Moore is hit with some serious allegations about sexual misconduct. According to a report in the Washington Post, a woman claims Moore made inappropriate advances and had sexual contact with her when she was 14. That allegedly happened 38 years ago.

So as you might imagine, Moore is not only denying the allegations, but hes also questioning why they've surfaced less than 5 weeks before the election. 

His campaign says quote "After over 40 years of public service, if any of these allegations were true, they would have been made public long before now." 

As for the story, the Washington Post quoted a woman named Leigh Corfman. She said Moore met her several times when she was 14 and he was in his 30's. Corfman claims Moore touched her over her underwear and guided her hand to touch him. She says they did not have sexual intercourse.

Three other women interviewed by the Post also said Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s. But none of them claim any sort of relationship or sexual contact.

Moore's campaign chair Bill Armistead released this statement, which read in part..."Judge Roy Moore is winning with a double-digit lead.  So it is no surprise, with just over four weeks remaining, in a race for the U.S. Senate with national implications, that the Democratic Party and the country's most liberal newspaper would come up with a fabrication of this kind.  This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation."

Even before the allegations of sexual misconduct, Moore has been low-key lately. His challenger -- Doug Jones -- on the other hand has been all over the state and all over the airwaves. 

While the candidates are different, so are the campaign strategies. While Moore has been relatively quiet compared to his runoff with Luther Strange, Jones has been getting out the vote since the day after the Republican runoff. 

"I just think we have to start getting out and traveling the state," Jones said while making the rounds in Birmingham September 27th. 

Jones even made a campaign stop in Mobile last month -- holding a fish fry on Dog River. 

"What we represent, represents a going forward with this state for the kind of things we need. And Roy Moore represents a backwards look," Jones told the crowd of supporters. 

The last time Moore campaigned in our area was September 25th in Fairhope -- a day before the runoff -- making national headlines for pulling out his pistol.  

"I believe in the Second Amendment," Moore told the crowd amid loud cheers. 

Both candidates were campaigning in Montgomery on Wednesday, where Moore picked up several endorsements from sheriffs.   

Turn on the TV and the drastic differences continue. Jones has been aggressively trying to reach viewers -- with ads that have been running for weeks, while Moore's first campaign ad -- a 30 second spot -- started airing Thursday. 

Meanwhile, as of Wednesday November 8th - the numbers still show Moore holding a significant lead over Jones. A Raycom Media poll said Moore had 51% of support to 40% for Jones. It aligns with the results of an exclusive FOX 10 News poll a couple of weeks earlier where Moore had 52% to 41% for Jones. Both polls were conducted by Mobile-based Strategy Research.  

For all the undecided voters, don't expect a debate between these two candidates, Moore says "What's the point when we are on the opposite side of every issue."

According to his campaign, Doug Jones will be in the Mobile area Friday November 10th hosting another fish fry. The details of the event are still being finalized.
 
Meanwhile, both candidates have a little more than a month left to campaign.  Voters head to the polls December 12th.

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