The race for the Alabama Senate seat that used to belong to Attorney General Jeff Sessions has become one of the most hotly contested and talked-about races of the year.
Accusations against Republican nominee and judge Roy Moore, alleging that he behaved inappropriately toward underage girls when he was in his 30s, were initially reported by The Washington Post and have gained enough traction in the weeks leading up to the special election that a number of Republicans have severed ties with Moore.
President Donald Trump has endorsed Moore, warning against electing someone who would work against Republicans with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
But Moore is getting his revenge before the votes are even tallied. In the hours before the polls closed, reports began to circulate that Washington Post reporters had been denied access to Moore’s campaign headquarters:
Just spoke with Moore campaign, which confirmed reporters from the Washington Post were asked to leave the election night party. The campaign said the WaPo was notified yesterday their credentials were denied. #AlSen
— Lauren Walsh (@LaurenWalshTV) December 12, 2017
Washington Post confirms they are being denied access to the Roy Moore campaign watch party in Montgomery.
Hannah Ford w/ Moore campaign says WaPo credential request has been denied. They broke the first allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore. #alsen.
— Jack Royer (@JackRoyer) December 12, 2017
Washington Post on their reporters being denied entry into the Roy Moore election night event: "We were denied credentials and when our reporters asked to enter they were told no."
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 12, 2017
Washington Post reporters were asked to leave Roy Moore's election night party. https://t.co/mJgpUsqJl8
— Axios (@axios) December 12, 2017
Moore campaign official outright says it denied Washington Post credentials to tonight’s event.
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) December 13, 2017
Moore is certainly sending a clear message.