On Thursday, The Washington Post published allegations of sexual impropriety against Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for Senate in Alabama, and now that the public has had time to absorb them, it seems not many believe them.
Leigh Corfman, 53, alleges that when she was 14 and Moore was 32, he asked for her phone number, kissed her, sexually touched her over her underwear and tried to have her do the same to him.
The Post interviewed three other women who also alleged that Moore was inappropriate with them while they were underage, including kissing them.
WBMA, a news outlet in Alabama, asked the public about the allegations.
“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,” the station was forced to admit.
One voter, Susan Conn, supported Moore’s Republican rival Luther Strange in the Republican primary. Now, she says she will vote for Moore.
“Him being a Christian, I would hate to know he’s guilty of anything like that,” she said. “He really does seem like he does what he thinks he’s supposed to do. I just don’t believe he’s guilty.”
Another voter, Gordon Flukers, says he believes those accusing Moore are trying to tarnish Moore’s reputation.
“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.”
Others pointed to Moore’s principled past to explain their continued support of him.
“I think most conservative Christians are going to vote for him because they believe in him,” Nancy Flukers said. “They believe in his reputation. They believe in his record.
“I would think that he’s standing by his principles,” she added. “He lost his job because of his principles. So that’s one reason why I think I believe him.”
Moore has denied the accusations against him and, while on air with Fox News host Sean Hannity, he denied even knowing his primary accuser, Corfman.
He says he does know two of the other women accusing him but argued that one was of age, while the other was “a friend.”
Moore admits he “dated a lot of young ladies,” but never did so “without the permission of her mother.”
“I believe they’re politically motivated,” Moore said of the allegations. “I believe they were brought on to stop a very successful campaign. And that’s what they’re doing.”
“If you abuse a 14-year-old, you shouldn’t be a Senate candidate. I agree with that,” Moore said. “But I did not do that.”