SEE LIST: Top Republicans Calling on Trump to Drop Out & Pulling Support

Donald Trump walks off of the stage after speaking at a rally on September 30, 2016 in Novi Michigan. Although he wasn't on the schedule, Rudy Giuliani spoke before Trump took the stage, reported. He said that Clinton's campaign had given up on Ohio and would likely do the same in Michigan. (Getty)

Donald Trump. (Getty)

The list of top Republicans calling for Republican nominee Donald Trump to quit or who are pulling their endorsements is growing in the wake of revelations that Trump used crass comments to refer to women in an old videotape.

It’s unprecedented for so many top Republicans to demand that their party’s nominee step aside for his running mate Mike Pence with only a month to go until the election. But that’s what some big names are doing.

On Friday October 7, a few Republicans – such as former Utah governor Jon Huntsman – demanded that Trump step aside and allow Pence to assume the top of the ticket. By Saturday, as one national reporter put it, the “floodgates” had opened, with more and more top Republicans adding their voices to that chorus. Some didn’t call on Trump to drop out but said they wouldn’t vote for him anymore.

Either way, the pulled support could make a crucial difference in some battleground states where Trump was closing the gap. Take Wisconsin as an example. Trump was supposed to appear Saturday in that swing state – where the polls had tightened – alongside the governor, attorney general, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other top state officials. Now he’s not.

For his part, a defiant Trump said on Saturday that there was “zero chance” he would quit. He claimed he has been buoyed by support. In his highly unusual apology on Friday evening, presented on video from Trump Tower, Trump said he was sorry for the comments he said to then Access Hollywood host Billy Bush but also indicated he would be at the second presidential debate Sunday and would launch an attack against Bill Clinton for abusing women, and Hilly Clinton for bullying those women.

That push back hasn’t stopped the list of top Republicans wanting Trump out from growing, even though at this stage it would be logistically almost impossible for the Republican National Committee to select a new nominee.

Here’s the list of top Republicans demanding that Trump drop out or saying they will no longer vote for Trump, as of October 8:

Senator John Thune

Sen. John Thune

Sen. John Thune. (Twitter)

John Thune is a Republican senator from South Dakota. He posted this statement on Twitter, calling for Pence to assume the nomination:

Thune holds positions in Republican leadership within the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte

sen. kelly ayotte

Sen. Kelly Ayotte. (Twitter)

New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte is already in a tough re-election bid in her home state. On Saturday, the Republican senator said she will write Mike Pence in on election day.

The support of Republicans like Ayotte could matter in tight races in swing states.

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo

sen. mike crapo

Sen. Mike Crapo. (Twitter)

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, an Idaho Republican, urged Trump to drop out of the race and said he won’t endorse Trump anymore.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk

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U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk. (Twitter)

Mark Kirk, Republican Senator from Illinois, was one of the first top Republicans to call on Trump to drop out.

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan

Dan Sullivan

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan. (Twitter)

Dan Sullivan, the Republican senator from Alaska, is calling for Trump to drop out.

Sullivan wants Pence to take over and argues that Trump can’t take the lead on domestic violence and sexual assault issues.

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina is a former business executive who ran against Trump in the Republican presidential primary. On Saturday, she released a statement saying Trump should drop out in favor of Pence.

Fiorina wrote that Trump had “manifestly failed” in his duties as nominee.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich

John Kasich, Ohio, primary, latest, current, polling numbers, where, when

John Kasich is looking to win his home state of Ohio. (Getty)

Although John Kasich, Trump’s former primary opponent and governor of a key swing state, didn’t call on Trump to quit, he released a statement saying he won’t vote for Trump. Kasich’s vote had always been unsure, though.

Kasich, of course, stayed in the primary until there were only three candidates left. There’s been no word yet from Ted Cruz, the other one of those three final primary candidates. Ben Carson, another primary candidate, released a statement calling Trump’s behavior unacceptable but not pulling his endorsement.

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard

dennis daugaard

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard. (Twitter)

The Republican governor of South Dakota, Dennis Daugaard, is one of those demanding that Trump step aside.

The Argus Leader reported that Daugaard, governor since 2011, had previously supported Trump.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval

brian sandoval

Gov. Brian Sandoval. (Twitter)

The Republican governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, said he won’t support his party’s nominee anymore.

Utah Gov. Bob Herbert

Gary Herbert

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. (Twitter)

The Republican Governor of Utah didn’t call on Trump to drop out, but he announced he won’t vote for him anymore.

However, Herbert said he won’t vote for Hillary Clinton, either.

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz

Chaffetz was one of the first people to pull his endorsement of Trump after the revelations of the Billy Bush tapes.

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  1. Talk about traitors. All the crap killary has done and no one has asked her to drop out but something Trump did years ago you act like he’s the worst man o earth. Grow up you heard and start standing up for the Republicans. You have no back bones and you have let obummer push you whimps around for 8 stinking years now!!! GROW IP AND SUPPORT TRUMP OR GET OUT OF CONGRESS AND GET OUT OF BEING GOVERNORS OR WHAT EVER ELSE YOU DO CAUSE YOU ARE ROTTEN AT IT. THIS IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NOT THE TRAITOR PARTY THE OBUMMER AND KILLARY RUNS. GROW UP!!

    • Really, Lindy, “Krillary,” is the best ad hominum attack you can do? But while you’re at it, will I be reading a similar attack from you towards George W. Bush, who, when following your logic, failed to protect the the 3,000 killed on our own soil on 9/11?

      • obv the rep party is nowadays as corrupted as the dem one. that’s the whole point of the article and Lindy’s remark. &btw, you misquoted; but how about hellary, hitlary, billary, etc, etc, etc…

  2. i never thought i’d say this, but it’s a sad day in what’s left of the salvageable gop, when the most righteous and loyal person towards dt in his darkest hour is precisely senator ted cruz1 &btw, you missed the treacherous and dastardly coward of j. mccain111

  3. One thing i havd to say about Liberals, they stand nehind their candidates regardless and defend them even. The Republican establishment abandon ship for the slightest thing. They should realize that should Hillary win, that would be the end of the Republican Party. She will give all the illegals citizenship and they will vote democrat. Add to that the 65,000 Syrian refugees that she wants to bring over. Bye bye Republican Party! We might never see another Republican President elected again. I thought you had to be smart to run for Congress or the House but i guess not as these Repubs are shooting themselves in the foot.

    • Please forgive the typos above. Tried to correct them but couldn’t but I think you can get the message that I am trying to convey.

  4. I’m a Republican and I am so ashamed of the Republican party. Paul Ryan, the weak speaker and the
    loser Jeb Bush threw Donald Trump under the bus after he made a comment about some women 11 years
    ago (locker talk) which all the Republicans & Democrats talk about behind closed doors. This was Paul
    Ryan’s and Jeb Bush’s chance to throw poor Donald Trump under the bus after Trump worked so hard to
    bring so many Democrats to join the Republican party only because these people knew that Donald Trump
    was the only candidate that wasn’t a crooked politician like the Democrat and Republican party. Trump
    was the only Republican candidate that could make this country great again. Jeb Bush wants to be
    President so bad that he will do anything to destroy Trump even if that means crooked and corrupt
    Hillary Clinton will win. The power hungry Bush family are so determined to put the 3rd Bush in office
    that they stoop so low to hurt their Republican candidate just so Jeb Bush could be President. President
    Truman and President Ronald Reagan are the only two Presidents that talked like Donald Trump.
    They were both honest and not afraid to say it like it is. God Help Donald Trump.