The Post reported last Thursday that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl and pursued three other teenagers decades earlier.
Moore has come under increasing pressure from GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill to step aside prior to the December 12 special election in Alabama.
It did indeed appear that McConnell and fellow Republicans had agreed their position would be that Moore should drop out if the allegations against him were true. He noted that the accusation detailed in a recent Washington Post report, in which a woman claimed Moore made sexual advances on her in 1979 when she was 14 and he was 32, would count as a misdemeanor in Alabama at the time.
He has refused to leave the race and said on Twitter that McConnell was the person who should step down.
Bannon has identified the ideal person to convince Alabama voters who might be wavering on Roy Moore that the GOP Senate candidate's alleged pursuit of teenage girls is nothing more than a smear campaign by Democrats, establishment Republicans and the media, all working in cahoots: NBC's Chuck Todd. Luther Strange, the loser to Moore in a party primary, he said, "We'll see".
Now people in Alabama have come to reporters at The Washington Post and have told multiple stories of Moore hitting on and in one case molesting teenage girls.
Moore, too, has tried to raise money from the controversy, writing in a fundraising pitch that the "vicious and sleazy attacks against me are growing more vicious by the minute". He said a write-in campaign for odd is now "an option".
Four surveys of voters taken in Alabama, a southern state, in the immediate aftermath of the newspaper story and Moore's adamant rejection of it show him to be in a close race with Jones, separated by a few percentage points, with a significant share of undecided voters.
"I stand with the Majority Leader on this", Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch tweeted on Monday. "Because there are groups that don't want me in the United States Senate", he said, naming the Democratic Party and the Republican establishment and accusing them of working together. "The denial was not as strong as the allegations", Scott said. Other Democratic Party politicians pictured with Gibson include former Vice President Joe Biden, a former Florida senator, and Senator Bill Nelson of Florida.
Even if Moore were to step aside, his name would likely remain on the ballot. And any effort to add unusual as a write-in candidate would threaten to divide the GOP vote in a way that would give the Democratic candidate a greater chance of winning. But a Moore victory also would pose risks if he were to join the Senate GOP under a cloud of sexual misconduct allegations.