Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) called for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE to step down as the GOP presidential nominee on Friday night, arguing it's the party's only shot at winning in November.
"For the good of the country, and to give the Republicans a chance of defeating Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion 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.
"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.