U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has joined the growing chorus of Republican senators calling on Roy Moore, the GOP nominee in Alabama, to drop out of his U.S. Senate race.
The list of prominent Senate Republicans includes Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Collins. The three stepped up the pressure on Moore on Monday by calling on Moore to quit.
Last week, the Washington Post published a story alleging he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl and pursued romantic relationships with other teenage girls decades ago. Moore has blasted the allegations as false and a political witch hunt, but his explanation of his behavior at the time falls flat with Collins.
In a tweet Monday, she said she has read his statements and listened to a radio interview and said “I did not find his denials to be convincing and believe that he should withdraw from the Senate race in Alabama.”
I have now read Mr. Moore’s statement and listened to his radio interview in which he denies the charges. I did not find his denials to be convincing and believe that he should withdraw from the Senate race in Alabama.
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) November 13, 2017
Other senators have said he should not be seated even if he is elected.
This story was originally published Nov. 13, 2017 at 2:32 p.m. ET.