Roy Moore supporters stand by him, say they’ll still vote for Moore in Senate race
SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WBMA) —
Blatantly denying the accusations against him, Roy Moore broke his silence Friday afternoon speaking to Sean Hannity on his radio show.
"If you abuse a 14-year-old you shouldn't be a Senate candidate," Moore told Hannity. "I agree with that, but I did not do that."
Moore made his comments after the National Republican Senatorial Committee pulled its fundraising efforts with him.
Despite the allegations against him, Moore’s name will remain on the ballot in December’s special election as Alabama’s Republican Nominee for U.S. Senate.
ABC 33/40 spent time in Shelby County Friday to see how voters are responding to the allegations.
Voters in Columbiana, the home of Moore Campaign Chairman Bill Armistead, told ABC 33/40 they are sticking by Moore. They said they believe him Moore when he says the allegations in the Washington Post report are not true.
Gordon and Nancy Fluker of Wilsonville have been supporting Moore for years. They spoke with us as they ate lunch in Columbiana.
“It's hard to believe the events that transpired yesterday,” Gordon said about the Washington Post report.
The Flukers say they believe Moore, when he says he did not have a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old, when he was 32, which was one of the allegations published by the Washington Post Thursday.
“I believe him that he didn't do it,” Gordon said. “I think it's something someone waited until an opportune moment to put on the news across the world, to downgrade him.”
The Fluker's plan to vote for Moore in December.
“I think most conservative Christians are going to vote for him because they believe in him,” Nancy told us. “They believe in his reputation. They believe in his record. I would think that he's standing by his principles. He lost his job because of his principles. So that's one reason why I think I believe him.”
So does Susan Conn, who owns Main Street Florist in downtown Columbiana.
“I just don't see how he could be guilty now and not be guilty in all these other elections,” said Conn.
Conn voted for Luther Strange in the Republican Primary runoff. Now, she says she will vote for Moore.
“Him being a Christian, I would hate to know he's guilty of anything like that,” said Conn. “He really does seem like he does what he thinks he's supposed to do. I just don't believe he's guilty.”
Out of all the voters we spoke with Friday in Columbiana, we didn’t find one voter who believed the Washington Post report about Moore.
Political scientist Dr. Natalie Davis told ABC 33/40 she believes Moore has a solid 35 to 40 percent of the vote in Alabama, no matter what. Voters like the Flukers will stand by him.
Davis says the question boils down to Republican or Independent suburban voters who may have supported Luther Strange in the Republican runoff: Do they decide to go with Democrat Doug Jones in December? Could they decide to sit this election out?