South Carolina governor candidate Catherine Templeton on Monday would not take a stance on whether Republican Roy Moore should drop out of the Alabama Senate race, saying her attention has been on other issues.

"I think the people of Alabama will make a decision on Roy Moore," Templeton told The Post and Courier following a Charleston County Republican Party meeting, where she was the keynote speaker. "We've got enough to deal with in South Carolina for me to be keeping up with that."

A report in the Washington Post last week published allegations that Moore sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30s. Four women spoke to The Washington Post on the record, all of them alleging that Moore went out with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

A fifth woman came forward Monday, claiming Moore groped her after offering to give her a ride home in the 1970s when she was 16 and when Moore was a district attorney in Alabama.

Moore has denied the allegations and is threatening to sue The Washington Post.

"I think he's going to have to decide what he's going to do and then the people of Alabama will decide what to do with that," Templeton said when questioned further as to whether Moore should resign or leave the race. "I don't really have a comment. I'm just not following it."

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But other Republicans have not only been following it, they have been vocal about what should happen next. That group includes former White House adviser Steve Bannon, whom Templeton introduced as her friend Friday when Bannon spoke at the Citadel Republican Society.

"Until I see additional evidence on Judge Moore, I'm standing with him,” Bannon told the audience.

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, a South Carolina Republican also vying for the governorship versus incumbent Henry McMaster, said last week he would like to see more evidence.

South Carolina's two Republican U.S. senators took a more critical stance, with Lindsey Graham calling for Moore to end his campaign. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott called for Moore to "step aside" if the sexual misconduct claims against Moore are found to be true. 

Reach Caitlin Byrd at 843-937-5590 and follow her on Twitter @MaryCaitlinByrd.

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Caitlin Byrd is a political reporter at The Post and Courier and author of the Palmetto Politics newsletter. Before moving to Charleston in 2016, her byline appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times. To date, Byrd has won 17 awards for her work.

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