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Texas Republicans are sticking with Donald Trump after the debate

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A poll conducted after a recording of Donald Trump making vulgar remarks about women was released Friday - but before Sunday night's presidential debate - has Hillary Clinton in the lead.

In the tape, the GOP nominee described how he could grope and kiss women without their consent because of his celebrity status. Close to half of the interviews were conducted after the release of the 2005 tape, which was termed by Trump as a "locker room talk".

In a four-way race, Clinton got 42% support to Trump's 37%, with Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson getting 10% and Green Party nominee Jill Stein getting 3%.

The Clinton campaign stresses that it never abandoned OH, even as polls showed the state tilting away from her several weeks ago, with some showing Clinton losing to Trump by as many as 5 points - a far cry from the narrow win President Obama delivered against Mitt Romney.

Jennifer Palmieri, communications director for Clinton's campaign, issued a statement viewed by Variety that commented, "We're not surprised to see Donald Trump continue his destructive race to the bottom".

The compromise for many GOP officials is not publicly endorsing Trump for the position, but rather supporting the party as a whole.

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Among the attacks waged by the two candidates, Trump said if he were president he would appoint a special prosecutor to look into Clinton's email scandal and that she'd be "in jail" if he were in charge.

"I'm just exhausted of non-support" from leaders of the party he represents on the presidential ticket, Trump said Tuesday evening on Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor.

Trump's rally took place in Western Pennsylvania - once a hotbed for the steel industry, which Trump vowed to bring jobs back to - but Clinton's big lead is based on support in Philadelphia and its suburbs. "I refuse to let my son think that this is 'just how men speak'". John McCain "very foul-mouthed" and "disloyal" Republicans "far more hard than Crooked Hillary".

The new poll of 500 registered voters was conducted October 8-9. About three-quarters, or 74 percent, of Republicans said they want down ballot candidates to support Trump, up from 67 percent before the debate.

Clinton was favored by 45 percent of 1,064 likely voters who were questioned, versus 40 percent for Trump.

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