It may not entirely be up to Roy Moore if he gets to run as a Republican in Alabama’s senate race

Republicans have a green light to remove Roy Moore as the party’s Senate nominee in Alabama if they choose to do so.

If the state’s Republican Party requested it, Alabama’s secretary of state said they would be allowed to leave Moore on the ballot for the December 12 special election but not appear as a Republican.

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“He would not be removed from the ballot,” GOP Secretary of State John Merrill told CNN “OutFront” host Erin Burnett on Thursday.

“But then again there’s a number of other things that will follow a protocol if the party take that permanent step and if they do, we will adhere to their request and we will honor their request as we should by law, and then we’ll make sure that the proper adjudication of the process is adhered to as the election continues,” Merrill said.

An explosive Washington Post report on Thursday accused Moore of alleged sexual misconduct with underage girls, including a 14-year-old girl when he was a 32 year-old assistant district attorney in 1979. Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has denied the allegations and called the story “a desperate political attack.”

Merrill was asked by Burnett if he thought the accusations against the 70 year-old GOP nominee were “disqualifying.”

“Well, I think most of the people in the state of Alabama would be very disappointed if someone who had been alleged to have engaged in that type of activity, had been proven that they had engaged in that activity, was continuing to represent them in any formal capacity,” Merrill said.

“I just want to get a clear answer here, so you’re saying ‘yes,’ you would think that is disqualifying?” Burnett asked.

“Yes, ma’am,” he confirmed.

Moore fired off several tweets on Thursday blasting the “Obama-Clinton Machine’s liberal media lapdogs” and declaring he “will NEVER GIVE UP the fight!”

Moore is running against Democrat Doug Jones in the special election for Alabama’s open Senate seat which was held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions until earlier this year.

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