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Alabama GOP Senator Reveals He Didn’t Vote For Roy Moore

Republican Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby said on Monday that he did not vote for Republican nominee Roy Moore in the state’s Senate special election, The Hill reported Monday.

Shelby, who voted absentee, said he instead chose to write in a more “distinguished” Republican candidate, though he didn’t give the specific name of who he wrote in.

“No, no, no, I voted absentee. I didn’t vote for him,” Shelby told reporters, according to the report. “I voted for a distinguished Republican write-in.”

Shelby didn’t say whose name he wrote in.

Moore has been accused of pursuing, inappropriately touching, and sexually assaulting a string of teenagers when he was in his 30s. Now, GOP senators are looking for ways to put distance between themselves and Moore ahead of the Dec. 12 special election.

The Hill also noted that “Lee Busby, a former aide to White House chief of staff John Kelly, is planning to start a write-in campaign, and Republican leaders had floated a write-in campaign for Sen. Luther Strange, who lost the primary to Moore.”

Moore has denied wrongdoing, and it’s too late for Republicans to remove his name from the election ballot.

While Alabama remains a deeply red state, polls consistently show a tight race between Moore and Democratic challenger Doug Jones, who is currently leading Moore by less than a percentage point, according to the Real Clear Politics average polling.

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