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Sen. Daines withdraws endorsement of Alabama’s Roy Moore

In this Sept. 8, 2017 photo, Chinese ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai, left, speaks with Republican Montana Sen. Steve Daines about ways to expand the Chinese market for Montana beef. (Tom Lutey / The Spokesman-Review)
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HELENA, Mont. – Montana Sen. Steve Daines has pulled his endorsement for Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.

The Republican tweeted his decision Friday, joining Utah Sen. Mike Lee in withdrawing support for Moore amid allegations of decades-old sexual advances on girls.

Other Republicans officials have called for Moore to leave the race if the allegations are true. Moore has vehemently denied accusations that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl and pursued three other teenagers when he was an assistant district attorney in his early 30s.

Alabama holds a special election on Dec. 12 to fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore is opposed by Democrat Doug Jones.