As a growing number of Republicans have called for Roy Moore to drop out of Alabama’s upcoming special election, the only viable option to emerge to take his place in what will have to be a write-in candidacy is Luther Strange.
Strange, who lost to Moore in September’s Republican primary runoff, finally addressed the issue of his possible resurgence in the December 12thrace.
Alabama's Luther Strange says of write-in candidacy: “Let’s let the facts unfold, I think right now a write-in candidacy is highly unlikely.” pic.twitter.com/z1NdhvmoF4
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 13, 2017
“Let’s let the facts unfold,” he said. “I think right now a write-in candidacy is highly unlikely.”
Strange’s reticence is a bad sign for a Senate race in turmoil. Whereas Luther Strange does have the name recognition to at least mount a viable challenge to Democrat Doug Jones – he is currently serving as Alabama’s Republican Senator in the place of Attorney General Jeff Sessions – no other candidates are expected to be capable of mounting a serious campaign so close to the election.Last week, The Washington Post published a bombshell report in which four women stepped forward to accuse Roy Moore, at the time a District Attorney in his 30s, of engaging in sexual behavior while they were between the ages of 14- and 18-years-old. The story was corroborated by over 30 sources. After hearing his tepid defense in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Senators from both sides of the aisle have sided with the accusers and publicly urged Moore to step aside.
Whether Moore ultimately decides to drop out or not, Republicans are feeling the pressure of having selected another ethically bankrupt candidate to represent their party. While the odds of a Strange write-in candidacy are low, Republicans are effectively out of options as the December 12th election nears.