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GOP lawmakers torn amid Trump bombshells

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>> Americans have had it with the years and decades of Clinton Corruption.>> If Donald Trump is going down, it will be with both guns blazing. Will he take the Republicans and congress with him. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where I've been tracking how Republican lawmakers react as one bombshell after another has shaken up the Presidential race and diminished Donald Trump's chances of winning the White House.
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Even after the stories of groping and harassment pile up, most Republican lawmakers are sticking by their nominee. After Trump was caught on that tape, about half of the 331 Republican governors, senators, and lawmakers denounced the comments, calling them unacceptable. Those who are facing tough re-election fights of their own were most likely to denounce those comments.
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At this point, 58 Republican office holders are openly opposing Trump's candidacy. They've either withdrawn their endorsement or they've called on him to step down or they said they are not gonna vote for him. That group includes prominent Republicans like Senator John McCain of Arizona and Rob Portman of Ohio both of whom are struggling to hold onto their Senate seats.
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>> I don't know. Do they make a deal where everybody protects each other in Washington. Maybe that's it.>> Republican office holders are in a tricky spot. Trump badly trails Democrat Hillary Clinton in opinion polls and analysts only give him about a 10% chance of winning the White House at this point.
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But the most loyal Republican voters still back Trump and they expect Republican law makers to support him as well. But even as new allegations surface, several Republicans who oppose Trump have now flipped back including Senator Deb Fisher of Nebraska and Senator John Foon of South Dakota. Democrats stand a decent chance of winning the Senate, but the House remains a stretch at this point, analysts say.
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Still, the election is more than three weeks away, and as we've seen a lot can change over that time period in what is the most volatile presidential race in generations.>> I'm ashamed of what's happened to our country.