How Republicans are trying to stop Roy Moore

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans are trying to stop Roy Moore. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

An alleged child predator could join the Senate after Alabama's Dec. 12 special election, and Republican senators are scrambling to find a way to stop it, NYT reports. Between multiple calls and texts, they've weighed everything from fielding not one, but two write-in candidates to challenge Roy Moore, delaying the election altogether, or blocking Moore from joining if he wins the election.

What's at stake: Not only would Republicans be "welcoming a child-molesting suspect into their ranks," NYT writes, but all Republicans would have to answer for Moore's alleged behavior. And Republicans couldn't even count on Moore to support their legislation, given he's a Steve Bannon-backed candidate who feels he owes nothing to the GOP. But if Democrat Doug Jones wins, Republicans' majority hold of the Senate would shrink to one and their hopes of passing tax reform would get even harder.