The fallout has continued against Alabama senate candidate Judge Roy Moore after the Washington Post published a stunning claim on Thursday that several women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct, alleging that he pursued them when they were teenagers, in the late 1970s, when he was in his early 30s.

The claims, though unproven, have left the U.S. Senate race in Alabama hanging in the balance, and has created a division among Republicans.

The Reverend Franklin Graham posted a simple message on Twitter Saturday, saying, “I’m praying for Roy Moore and his family.”

Republican Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.) posted a statement Saturday afternoon in condemnation of Moore, saying, “Look, I’m sorry, but even before these reports surfaced, Roy Moore’s nomination was a bridge too far.”

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statement on Twitter Saturday afternoon, calling on him to step aside.

“Roy Moore’s defenders should ask themselves if they would be so quick to excuse him if the victim was their daughter or if the offender was a Democrat. He is unfit for office and should step aside. Americans are better than this,” Hogan stated.

A former colleague of Judge Moore’s, Theresa Jones, has spoken out, saying she worked with Moore in the Alabama district attorney’s office years ago.

Jones claimed, “It was common knowledge that Roy dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird…We wondered why someone his age would hang out at high school football games and the mall…”

Meanwhile, Judge Moore spoke at a Veterans Day event on Saturday and read a statement denying the allegations. He received a standing ovation at the end of his remarks.

He said it was a desperate attempt “to stop my campaign for the United States Senate.”

“These attacks are completely false and untrue,” Moore said, adding that to be attacked for sexual misconduct “contradicts my entire career in law.”

He insisted, “I have not provided alcoholic beverages to a minor, and I have not been guilty of sexual misconduct with anyone.”

“These allegations came only 4 and a half weeks before the general election on December 12 – why now?” Moore asked.

Watch the video of his statement below: