At the time, Moore faced a three-way Republican primary against Strange and Rep. Mo Brooks.
The Republicans aware of the Strange campaign's efforts said they heard nothing about the young age of women Moore allegedly pursued, only that there was sexual harassment related to court duties that may be hidden in bar complaints, bankruptcy, or divorce records.
Indeed, when rivals heard that Moore may have committed misconduct, they sought to rattle loose public records, such as bar complaints and court records regarding Moore's wife Kayla.
A spokeswoman for Moore did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the GOP research effort, nor did Kayla Moore respond to a request for comment on characterizations about the nature of alleged court records pertaining to her.
One of the Republican sources aware of active research efforts ahead of the primaries said they don't think there's much to the timing, other than the fact that a reporter was finally able to track down names and convince the women to go on the record.