The Republican National Committee (RNC) has renewed its support for a Senate candidate who is embroiled in child sex abuse allegations.
The move came hours after US President Donald Trump formally endorsed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
The RNC pulled its support for Mr Moore last month amid fallout over sexual abuse allegations against him.
Several US senators who have previously called for Mr Roy to step aside have also appeared to soften their tone.
Seven women have come forward to accuse the former Alabama Supreme Court judge of sexual misconduct decades ago, including one woman who claims he molested her when she was 14 years old while he was in his 30’s and working as an Alabama prosecutor.
Mr Moore denies the allegations against him, describing them as a “witch hunt”.
The RNC’s decision allows the campaign to access so-called get-out-the-vote funds.
Polling shows Mr Moore has a narrow lead over his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, a week before the Alabama special election to replace Attorney General Jeff Session on 12 December.
The decision was first reported by right-wing news website Breitbart, which quoted an RNC official as saying: “We stand with the president”.
“We need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” Mr Trump said in a tweet on Monday. The White House.
It is not yet clear if the National Republican Senatorial Committee – which is led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – will restore its relationship with Mr Moore after previously cutting ties following the allegations.
A number of Senate Republicans, including Mr McConnell, had called on Mr Moore to quit the race but he has refused to stand aside.
Mr McConnell on Monday walked back his earlier criticism, saying Alabama voters should “make the call”.
Steve Bannon, a former senior chief strategist to Mr Trump, is due to appear at a campaign for Mr Moore on Tuesday night in Fairhope, Alabama.