U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said has pulled his endorsement of Roy Moore, the conservative GOP candidate for Alabama's empty Senate seat, after allegations Moore sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl in 1979.
"I am pulling my endorsement and support for Roy Moore for U.S. Senate," Daines said in a tweet Friday evening.
The Washington Post on Thursday reported that Moore sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl in 1979, when he was a district attorney in Alabama. The newspaper also reported three other women said Moore pursued them when they were between 16 and 18 years old and Moore was in his 30s, but said he did not force them into a sexual relationship.
After that story broke, Daines released a statement saying: “These are very serious allegations and if true he should step down." Daines had endorsed Moore earlier in the week.
Moore denied the allegations Friday, but did admit in an interview with Sean Hannity on Friday he took "young girls" out on dates when he was in his 30s.
Several other prominent Republicans and committees that provided funding to the candidate also pulled their support Friday.
In September, Moore defeated Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated when Jeff Sessions became attorney general. Strange was supported by Republican President Donald Trump.
Moore is running against Democrat Doug Jones, a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. The special election is Dec. 12.
Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court judge who was removed from the bench for refusing to remove a carving of the 10 Commandments, was also endorsed by Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah; Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas.