Why McConnell Has So Little Leverage Over Moore In Alabama

National Republicans have called on Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore to step aside after allegations of child molestation. On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell even upped his call for Moore to quit the race, ditching the if-the-allegations-are-true qualifier and saying he may also support a write-in campaign.

Moore doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. And he doesn’t seem particularly worried about McConnell’s opposition. Do McConnell and the national GOP establishment really have so little influence in Alabama? CONT.

Harry Enten, FiveThirtyEight