By THOMAS BEAUMONT and JEFF AMY
ALABASTER, Ala. (AP) - Allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican candidate Roy Moore lift - though hardly guarantee - Democrat Doug Jones' hopes of winning the state's special election on Dec. 12.
The sexually charged nature of the allegations, resounding condemnation by national Republicans, and defiance by Moore and his supporters gave a once good bet for Republicans an eerie resemblance to races the party has blown in other GOP-heavy states.
In 2012, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's suggestion that "legitimate rape" rarely caused pregnancy cost him a victory. That same year, Indiana Republican Richard Mourdock lost a Senate race after saying that when a woman becomes pregnant after a rape, "it's something God intended."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has warned fellow Republicans about picking nominees who couldn't win general elections.
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