GOP lawmaker: Trump should 'step aside' for sake of party
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Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) called for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE to step down as the GOP presidential nominee on Friday night, arguing it's the party's only shot at winning in November. 

The Colorado Republican — who faces a tough reelection race — said Trump losing the election "at this point seems almost certain." 
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"For the good of the country, and to give the Republicans a chance of defeating Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonElise Stefanik seeks to tackle GOP’s women ‘crisis’ ahead of 2020 Russian pop star linked to Trump Tower meeting cancels US tour Graham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies MORE, Mr. Trump should step aside," he said in a statement, according to a local CBS station. "And four years of Hillary Clinton is not what is best for this country." 

Coffman added that Trump "should put the country first and do the right thing.”

Trump is facing a wave of backlash after The Washington Post published audio of the businessman making explicit comments about trying to have sex with women, which were caught on a hot mic in 2005. 

Trump initially half-apology, saying the comments were private "locker-room banter" and "I apologize if anyone was offended." 
 
He later released a video that offered a bigger apology, although he also urged those watching to focus on the election's bigger issues.
 
Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzTop Utah paper knocks Chaffetz as he mulls run for governor: ‘His political career should be over’ Boehner working on memoir: report Former GOP lawmaker on death of 7-year-old migrant girl: Message should be ‘don't make this journey, it will kill you' MORE (R-Utah), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said earlier Friday night that he could no longer support Trump, adding that his remarks are "some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine." 
 
Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkDems vow swift action on gun reform next year This week: Trump heads to Capitol Hill Trump attending Senate GOP lunch Tuesday MORE (R-Ill.), who doesn't support the GOP nominee, also called on Trump to drop out and for the party to find an "emergency replacement." 
 
Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), a top Democratic target, called for Trump to drop out of the race.
 
Unlike Kirk, Coffman has previously stopped short of saying he would not back the businessman in November, while also seeking to distance himself from Trump's string of controversies. 
 
In the wake of Trump's rhetorical battle with a Gold Star family, Coffman released an ad—entitled "Country First—where he said he didn't "care for [Trump] much." 
 
Coffman, a Marine and Army veteran who fought in Iraq, went on to say he will "stand up" to Trump if both are elected. 

"I'm a Marine. For me, country comes first. My duty is always to you. So if Donald Trump is president, I'll stand up to him. Plain and simple," he said. 

But the campaign of Democrat Morgan Carrol, who is challenging Coffman for his House seat, quickly fired back calling the ad "desperate." 

The non-partisan Cook Political Report has rated Coffman's race as a toss-up.