Multiple GOP lawmakers weighed in on the Washington Post report that Alabama Republican Senate Candidate Roy Moore engaged in sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl in 1979. Moore would have been 32 at the time.
The Moore campaign says the story is false, but that has not stopped major Republican figures from commenting about their concerns..
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "If these allegations are true, he must step aside."
GOP Sen. Susan Collins tweeted, "If there is any truth at all to these horrific allegations, Roy Moore should immediately step aside as a Senate candidate."
National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman Cory Gardner said in a statement, "If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election."
Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Jeff Flake of Arizona echoed those comments, and No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas calls the report "deeply troubling." Corynyn has endorsed Moore.
Alabama Senator Luther Strange (R) told reporters, "It's very, very disturbing what I've read about, and I'll have more to say about it after I learn more."
Moore defeated Strange in a primary runoff to be the GOP candidate for the Senate seat that Senator Strange currently fills by appointment.
Alabama's senior Senator, Richard Shelby (R) expressed his concern as well.
"It's a devastating, nasty story. If the revelations are true, I don't believe there's any place for him in the U.S. Senate," he stated.
Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama released a statement saying, "These allegations are deeply disturbing. I will hold judgment until we know the facts. The people of Alabama deserve to know the truth and will make their own decisions."
Meanwhile, Senate Leadership Fund President and CEO Steven Law urged Alabama leaders to keep Moore off the ballot:
"If there’s even a shred of evidence to these accusations, Gov. Ivey and the Alabama Republican Party need to do everything in their power to remove Judge Moore from the ballot. There is no place in our party for sexual predators."
Later on Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said, "These are serious and troubling allegations. If they are true, Judge Moore should immediately withdraw. However, we need to know the truth, and Judge Moore has the right to respond to these accusations"