"I wanted it over with - I wanted out", she said of the incident. He denies the women's reports and says he won't quit the race.
Alabama political strategist David Mowery, who has worked for candidates of both parties, said the chance of Moore bowing out of the race was "less than zero", and that it was nearly as improbable for state party officials to abandon him in favor of a last-minute write-in candidate.
Ivey said she would vote for Moore, who is up against Democrat Doug Jones in a December 12 special election, but has a policy of not offering endorsements.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters traveling with Trump in Asia that the President believes a "mere allegation" - especially one from many years ago - shouldn't be allowed to destroy a person's life.
Elliott Lipinsky, a deputy district attorney in Wilcox County who is running for state auditor, said State Auditor Jim Zeigler's comments about the Washington Post story on Roy Moore were "disturbing".
"There's a very unusual propensity of sexual allegations to suddenly become politically useful in the run-up to an election, or when someone stands up for the principles of the republic, like Clarence Thomas, and needs to be taken down", said Sebastian Gorka, a former White House adviser who became a Fox News contributor this week. A handful of senators suggested they would support unusual if he launched a bid, and odd told the Associated Press he would "do some more research" before ruling it out. I think someone should prosecute and go after them.
The accusations were made in a report in The Washington Post on Thursday.
Reynolds says, "This is a deliberate effort to discourage the campaign from being able to put together the team it needs to carry forward".
The chief fundraising vehicle for Republican Senate campaigns on Friday severed its ties to Roy Moore, the party's nominee in Alabama's special election next month.
The joint fundraising committee now only lists Moore's campaign, the Alabama Republican Party and the Republican National Committee as the beneficiaries. The information was in a filing to the Federal Election Commission on Friday.
Alabama's recent Republican Governor Robert Bentley saw a huge drop in support after it came out that he had used his office to cover up a sex scandal, which, FiveThirtyEight suggests, means "there are instances when moral outrage outweighs partisan interest". In the event of a win by Jones, the slim Republican Senate majority could get even slimmer. And it offers a new window into ugly divisions that continue to plague the GOP in the age of President Donald Trump.
The Washington Post report published Thursday contained accounts from four women who said that Roy Moore, the GOP candidate for an empty Alabama Senate seat, tried to pursue relationships or engage in sexual conduct with them when they were teenagers and Moore was in his thirties.
"He dated her. He married her, and they've been married about 35 years". But not always. And given Romney's past, and his penchant for running down politicians who buck the party tide, his willingness to practically call for Moore's head on a platter also seems rather politically pandering - an easy way for the good ex-guvnah to get back in the political game again.