Senator Richard Shelby Says He Will Not Vote For Roy Moore

Dec 10, 2017

Senator Richard Shelby says he decided to cast a write-in ballot in the state's upcoming Senate election because of allegations that GOP 

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby

   nominee Roy Moore molested a girl when she was 14.

Shelby told CNN in an interview Sunday that the accusation was the "tipping point" in his decision not to vote for Moore. He says he wrote in the name of a "distinguished" Republican instead.

Shelby previously announced his refusal to vote for Moore, but he explained it during the interview.

Shelby says he had to vote Republican as a party officeholder, but he was swayed by a woman's claims that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 14. Shelby says when there's so much smoke, there's "got to be fire somewhere."

Moore has denied the allegations and refuses to back down.