US President Donald Trump has fully endorsed an Alabama Senate candidate who is embroiled in allegations of child sex abuse.
“We need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” he said in a tweet. The White House confirmed Mr Trump’s endorsement.
His support is at odds with much of the Republican establishment who have distanced themselves from the 70-year-old Christian conservative.
Mr Moore denies the allegations against him, describing them as a “witch hunt”.
In a tweet, Mr Trump pointed to the slim 52-48 Republican majority in the Senate as a reason for his support.
“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” he said.
He then suggested a victory for Democratic candidate Doug Jones in Alabama would harm his party’s agenda.