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These Republican Leaders Say Trump Should Not Be President

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to lose support among Republicans in the aftermath of a leaked video where he's caught making vulgar remarks about women. The most recent is former Secretary of State Colin Powell who said, two weeks before Election Day, that he is voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The ongoing condemnation from across the Republican Party by elected officials has resulted in 50 Republicans who have demanded he drop out or won't vote for him, according to NBC News' count. Here's how they break out:

Republicans Voting for Hillary Clinton

  • Sec. of State Colin Powell, confirming to NBC News that he will support Clinton
  • Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY)

Republicans calling for Donald Trump to drop out

Republicans no longer voting for Donald Trump

Republicans condemning Donald Trump's comments but still supporting

  • Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Mike Pence said “As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump in the eleven-year-old video released yesterday. I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them."
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was "sickened" by Trump's comments and will focus on down-ballot races.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted Trump's "repugnant" comments.
  • Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer said shortly after the video was released that it "would be wise" for Trump to step aside but just three days later said that she would support him.
  • RNC chairman Reince Priebus said: "No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever." But he said that the RNC stands with Trump.
  • 2012 nominee Mitt Romney condemned Trump's "vile degradations."
  • Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, ex-2016 contender who just recently came out for Trump, said:"These comments are disturbing and inappropriate, there is simply no excuse for them."
  • Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the Majority Whip, called his comments "disgusting."
  • Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, who is locked in a tough re-election bid has not endorsed Trump but hasn't denounced him either, according to a statement.
  • New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett said he is "appalled" and initially indicated he would be withdrawing support for Trump, but on Tuesday his campaign said he would vote for the nominee.
  • Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is leading in his re-election effort.
  • Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, who faced difficult re-election race.
  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who ran against Trump in the presidential primary and is now running for a second term in a race he is leading. He called Trumps comments "vulgar, egregious, and impossible to justify."
  • Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne's campaign initially said in a statement that the comments were "were disgraceful and appalling" and that "it is clear that Donald Trump is not fit to be president." But he clarified Tuesday that he still plans to support the GOP ticket.
  • Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch said "women deserve to be treated with respect."
  • North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, who is locked in a competitive re-election bid, will back Trump.
  • Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, who is also looking to get re-elected but trails in the polls.
  • South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said he was never "comfortable" with Trump being nominee, "I don't believe the Bill Clinton defense will work as we impeached Bill Clinton."
  • Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, who is leading his re-election effort by a slim margin.
  • Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said Trump "let us down again" and that his comments were "demeaning and shameful."
  • Arkansas Sen. John Boozman in a statement said "If I ever heard anyone speak this way about them, they would be shopping for a new set of teeth."
  • Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst called his remarks "lewd."
  • Tennesse Sen. Bob Corker, a member of Trump's foreign policy advisory committee, tried to distance himself from Trump in a statement and called Trump's remarks "inappropriate."
  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Trump's comments were "deeply disturbing" and "absent true contrition, consequences will be dire."
  • North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Trumps comments were "disgusting."
  • Nebraska Gov. Pete Rickets said comments were "reprehensible and offensive."
  • Indiana Rep. Todd Young, who is in a tight race but is looking to keep this open Senate seat red.
  • New York Rep. Chris Collins, one of the first Congressional supporters of Trump.
  • Michigan Rep. Bob Huizenga calls Trump's remarks "disgusting."
  • Former House Speaker John Boehner said that Trump is "barely a Republican" but confirmed he still plans to vote for him.