Republican Sen. Roy Moore's new candidate for President Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC) could spell trouble for Republican candidates across the country in 2018.
Democrats are already targeting the best Republican candidates in key battles in the Senate over Moore, questioning whether they support the RNC's decision to financially support Moore after accusations that he persecuted teenagers decades ago, when he was 30 years old.
Meanwhile, moderate Republicans sound the alarm about the impact of backing someone accused of sexual assault could have on the national republican brand.
"Other things being equal, the Republican Party has prepared for an election wave in 2018," said Republican strategist Rick Tyler, an outspoken critic of Trump.
"The seduction is now complete," he said. "The Republican Party made a deal with the devil in 2016: the problem of making a deal with the devil is that the devil will always change the terms." The agreement has now changed to where the Republican Party supports the accused child molesters. of public office, and I think that can be irreparable. "
Major Republican leaders in Washington spent last month, since a woman said in a Washington Post report that Moore started a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 years old and 32 years old. with how to handle Moore.
Key Republicans, including the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMoore gets momentum from Bannon in the last days of the campaign Bannon tears Romney to Moore's criticism: " He's still bitter "Right coding the GOP MÁS budget strategy (R-Ky.) And Senator Republican National Senator (NRSC) senator Cory Gardner Cory Scott Gardner McConnell: & # 39 ; No change of opinion on Roy Moore trade in the United States deficit increases in record imports from China Flake, Republican senators will meet with Trump to negotiate. More (R-Colo.), Initially asked Moore to abandon the race. The RNC and NRSC, the campaign arm of the Republican Senate, both cut fundraising links with Moore.
As more accusations accumulated, including a woman who said Moore molested her when she was 16, some senators began to consider expelling Moore if he won.
But with many of the latest polls showing that Moore regained his lead over Democratic candidate Doug Jones, who has defeated him in fundraising, many Republicans are changing course before the December 12 special election.
After days of focusing his criticism on Jones, Trump finally gave Moore a resounding endorsement on Twitter on Monday and called the Alabama Republican from Air Force One to offer his support.
Trump had already planned a rally in Florida on Friday, just 20 miles from Alabama border. Now that the endorsement is official, Trump can be even more open in his support.
The RNC followed the president's initiative on Monday night, restoring its support to Moore with plans to raise funds for the Alabama GOP. In the final fundraising report before the election, Jones raised more than $ 10.1 million, compared to Moore, who contributed only $ 1.7 million.
McConnell also softened his stance over the weekend, arguing that Alabama voters should decide if Moore should be in the Senate.
The NRSC has not restarted its fundraising agreement with the Moore campaign, but the RNC's decision to back Moore means that once again it has the blessing of the national party. The Democrats have quickly taken advantage of Republican support for Moore, hoping to use it as a problem against Republican candidates outside of Alabama.
Senator's campaign Claire McCaskill Claire Conner McCaskill Right revolves the budget strategy of the Republican Senate Party The panel moves forward with a bill to roll back Dodd-Frank Black Dems. Show prejudice in response to cases of sexual harassment. More (D-Mo.) Moved quickly on Tuesday to call in his rival, state Attorney General Josh Hawley (R). tell Missouri voters where Moore is.
McCaskill, whose state supported Trump by almost 20 points in 2016, is considered one of the most vulnerable Democratic senators at the polls in 2018. Hawley is considered one of the best Republican recruits.  In Pennsylvania, the Democratic Party of the state is using a similar tactic. Democrats asked Rep. Lou Barletta Louis (Lou) James Barletta Democrats expand the House map after electoral victories The Republican Senate is reluctant to endorse McConnell while leader Trump gives Barletta advantage in the massive PA primary More (R- Pa.), Trump ally expected to win the Republican primary to challenge the senator Bob Casey Robert (Bob) Patrick CaseyDems gut the Republican about the handwritten changes in the tax plan Five conclusions of the nominee of Trump Health nominated to HHS: The prices of prescription drugs are very high MORE Jr. (D), to say if you agree with Trump's endorsement of Moore and if he will accept money from the RNC.
The Democrats in Wisconsin followed a similar script, connecting the field of Republican candidates with Moore and the decision of the RNC.  Republican candidates in the Republican primaries face their own questions about Moore.
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Hatch, meanwhile, defended Trump's endorsement of Moore on Monday when he was returning from an event in Utah with the president in Air Force One. Trump has urged Hatch to run for re-election, supposedly as a way to block to Romney.
Danny Tarkanian, the Republican Senate that hopes to defeat the senator Dean Heller Dean Arthur HellerThe Senate hearing shows that the candidate for the Fed president acts as part of the GOP Senate vote to begin the debate on the bill of taxes Keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers will prevent more senseless tragedies MORE (R-Nev.), used Moore to hit his opponent from the right. While Heller joined the calls for Moore to resign if the accusations were true, Tarkanian issued a statement last month endorsing Moore.
When a CNN reporter asked Heller if he agrees with Romney's sharp criticism of Moore, the Republican senator dodged the question.
While individual Democrats try to take advantage of Moore's controversy, Democrats at the national level want to use it to portray Republicans selling their values for a seat in the Senate.
The Congressional Committee of the Democratic Congress (DCCC), House The campaign arm of the Democrats, convened in a statement Tuesday for the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan Paul Davis Ryan The right criticizes the Republican Party Budget Strategy Mark Mellman: The Judgment of History Conservative lawmakers met to discuss the overthrow of Republican President MÁS (R-Wis.) to "do the right thing now or explain to voters later why Standing with the Republicans in Washington was more important than dealing with a child molester. "
Jesse Fergu, his son, a former DCCC assistant, told The Hill that Republican candidates would have to respond individually for his party's support of Moore. But he added that attacking Republicans with Moore also allows Democrats to portray the Republican Party by putting Trump and his desires above morality
"For voters who have concerns about President Trump, the fact that the Republican Party threw its principles overboard what the president demanded is a tough reminder to voters that Republicans in Congress's top priority is President Trump, "said Ferguson.
That conversation could be particularly noticeable with female voters, Republican strategists said, especially when Americans reconcile with the growing cultural conversation about sexual harassment.
The Republican Party's presidential ballot went much better with women than many expected in 2016, despite the harassment accusations against Trump imposed during the campaign. But recent polls have shown Democrats widening their lead among female voters, a key block of voters in Democratic victories in Virginia last month.
Democrats hope the support of top Republicans for Moore will help them build on that success with female voters.  "There was a clear disconnect with Hillary and educated white voters, I do not think the disconnection is necessarily a complete Trump hug and all the baggage it brought into the conversation," said former RNC president Michael Steele to The Hill .
"It's a miscalculation to think that those women are still going to be, after we've seen this year and especially during the last few weeks, where the party has apparently endorsed pedophilia and is much more inclined to believe that the accused man of those actions instead of the women who are the victims, "he said. .
For Trump and his Republican allies, the calculation is clear: one vote for Moore gives the party another Republican to help support the president's agenda. They hope Moore's vote will help achieve more Republican legislative victories that candidates can point to in 2018.
"I think it's going to go very well, we do not want to have a liberal Democrat in Alabama, believe me. stop the crime, we want the things we represent, "Trump said Tuesday on Moore.
But other Republicans, including Tyler, believe that betting on Moore could be disastrous for the Republican Party and Trump, even if Moore wins.
"To say that Roy Moore is not fit, and then to say it's worth a tax vote is the worst kind of hypocrisy, they may have a short-term win here and get a vote, but I think they'll pay it in 2018." He said that the majorities of the House of Representatives and the Senate could be at stake mid-term.
"If Trump thinks he has problems now, he can not imagine what kind of problems he would have with a majority [Democratic] with citation power."