Roy Moore ‘should step aside,’ Paul Ryan says

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan says Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore ‘‘should step aside.’’ Ryan says allegations against Moore ‘‘are credible.’’

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Ryan joined the growing chorus of Washington Republicans calling on Moore to quit the race after two women stepped forward describing how Moore groped them when they teenagers decades ago. Moore has called the reports false.

Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have been struggling to find a way to force Moore out. His name remains on the ballot for the Dec. 12 special election against Doug Jones.