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Tillis, Burr Call On Moore To Withdraw From Senate Race

 

North Carolina's two U.S. senators have joined a growing group of Republican colleagues in Congress calling on Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to withdraw from the race.

Their statements came after a fifth woman accused Moore of sexual misconduct when she was a 16-year-old waitress in the 1970s.  In a Twitter post, Sen. Thom Tillis called the allegations against Moore "disturbing," and said he should immediately drop out of the race.

In a statement sent to WFAE, Sen. Richard Burr similarly urged Moore to step down.

"With 5 women now coming forward, Moore should do the right thing and withdraw from the race," the statement read.

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has tweeted he believes Moore would be doing “himself, the state, the GOP, and the country a service by stepping aside.”

South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott hasn’t spoken publicly about the scandal since a fifth woman came forward, but said earlier this week the accusations against Moore are stronger than his denial, and that if the allegations are true, Moore needs to step down.

Nick de la Canal contributed.

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David Boraks is a WFAE weekend host and a producer for "Charlotte Talks." He's a veteran Charlotte-area journalist who has worked part-time at WFAE since 2007 and for other outlets including DavidsonNews.net and The Charlotte Observer.
Marshall came to WFAE after graduating from Appalachian State University, where he worked at the campus radio station and earned a degree in communication. Outside of radio, he loves listening to music and going to see bands - preferably in small, dingy clubs.