Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is urging GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, to concede the race to Democrat Doug Jones, according to a new report.
Bannon, who firmly backed Moore and campaigned for him three times prior to the special election on Tuesday, has told the Moore campaign Moore must concede, according to CNN.
President Trump also told reporters earlier on Friday that Moore should concede, but admitted he would have liked to have a Republican keep the seat.
“I think he should,” Trump said. “He tried. I want to support, always, I want to support the person running. We need the seat. We would like to have the seat.”
Moore, who denies the sexual misconduct charges against him, has refused to concede the Senate race after Democrat Doug Jones was declared the victor. Moore has also been pushing for a recount.
The race between Moore and Jones was close. Jones received 671,151 votes, and Moore received 650,436. A total of 22,819 ballots were cast for write-in candidates.
Jones and Moore were campaigning to fill the Alabama Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the remainder of Sessions' term until Jan. 2021. Luther Strange, who ran against Moore in the primary, has filled the seat in the interim.