(The Hill) Senate Republicans are running out of options in their effort to replace Roy Moore as the party’s nominee in the Alabama Senate race.
In the past week, they tried to pressure Moore to drop out by siding with the women who accused him of sexual misconduct. He refused.
They tried to coax President Trump into calling for Moore’s ouster. Trump declined.
They tried to convince the Alabama Republican Party to disqualify Moore as the nominee or to schedule a new election. Those officials said no.
They tried to find a write-in candidate to challenge Moore, but their first choice, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, signaled through allies he wasn’t interested.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), went so far as to call for a vote to expel Moore from the Senate should he win the Dec. 12 special election.
Nothing has worked. Moore is still in the race.
Senate Republicans are increasingly resigned to the idea that there’s nothing they can do to stop Moore from coming to Washington, short of hoping that Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate, wins the seat.
An NRSC poll leaked this past week showed Moore trailing Jones by 12 points, while a Fox News poll showed him behind by 8 points.
Should Jones win the race, it would reduce the Senate GOP majority to 51 votes and could imperil their ability to pass tax reform and other high priorities…