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‘SNL’s’ Roy Moore sketch is one big joke about Alabama being backward

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The “SNL” cold open.

WASHINGTON — There is still a chance that Roy Moore will be elected the next senator from Alabama. This despite a report of detailed account of a woman who says Moore initiated sexual contact with her when she was 14 and he was 32. Members of the state GOP are standing up for Moore, with some saying they’d support Moore if the allegations were true.

And for that, ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ made Alabama the butt of a series of jokes in its cold open this weekend.

‘‘Voters in Alabama will never elect someone who’s had relations with a minor,’’ the Vice President Mike Pence character says.

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‘‘You sure about that?’’ asks ‘‘SNL’s’’ Roy Moore, dressed in a leather vest and cowboy hat.

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‘‘No,’’ Pence admits.

Pence later tells Moore: ‘‘It’s hard to convince people that you’re not into young girls when you dress like Woody from ‘Toy Story.’’’

After Pence tells Moore he needs to ‘‘do the right thing’’ — a clear suggestion that he should drop out of the race — Moore responds, ‘‘All right, if everyone thinks I did it, I’ll marry her.’’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, played by Kate McKinnon, then makes an appearance. The man who used to hold the same Senate seat Moore is seeking tells him, ‘‘I’m Alabama, but you — you, sir, are too Alabama.’’

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By the end, just to drive home the point, Sessions pulls out a stuffed possum that he calls ‘‘papa’’ and seeks its advice.

Watch the “SNL” cold open