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Ohio Republican lawmakers condemn Donald Trump’s comments about women

CLEVELAND - Fallout continues over crude comments about women made by Donald Trump during a 2005 taping for Access Hollywood, video of which was made public Friday.

Several prominent Ohio Republicans are speaking out against the candidate's remarks and some are withdrawing their support, including Sen. Rob Portman.

Trump dismissed the comments as “locker room talk” during Sunday’s presidential debate and apologized to the American people in an attempt to move past the comments.

However, Trump continued to lose party support. In a conference call with Congressional Republicans Monday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said he will no longer defend Trump and urged house members to base their support on what's best for their district.

Portman, in a re-election battle of his own against Democrat Ted Strickland, withdrew his endorsement of Trump Saturday evening, calling the comments "offensive and wrong."

In a statement, Portman said, "While I continue to respect those who still support Donald Trump, I can no longer support him. I continue to believe our country cannot afford a Hillary Clinton presidency. I will be voting for Mike Pence."

However, a write-in vote for the vice presidential nominee will not count in Ohio since Pence never declared intent to run as a write-in candidate here, according to Ohio law and a spokesperson for the Ohio Secretary of State.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has controversially never supported Trump. He issued a new statement citing policy differences and Trump’s temperament:

"The actions of the last day are disgusting, but that's not why I reached this decision, it has been an accumulation of his words and actions that many have been warning about. I will not vote for a nominee who has behaved in a manner that reflects so poorly on our country. Our country deserves better.”

FOX 8 News reached out to several Republican congressmen with districts in Northeast Ohio about whether the comments affects their support.

Rep. Jim Renacci, who represents Ohio’s 16th District, is not backing down from his endorsement of Trump following the comments based on conversations with constituents.

“Donald Trump’s comments were appalling and inexcusable but I was glad to hear him apologize for them. Hillary Clinton’s actions as a public official have also been appalling and inexcusable and actions speak louder than words,” he said.

In a statement, Rep. Bob Gibbs, who represents Ohio’s 7th District, said the comments were “offensive and indefensible. Donald Trump must answer for his sexist remarks."

However, a spokesman said Gibbs still plans to vote for Trump.

A spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Republican Party said the party is bound by its bylaws to support the nominee and there has been no conversation about changing the bylaws to withdraw support of Trump.

Rep. Jim Jordan, who represents Ohio's 4th Congressional District, is also doubling down on his support of Trump. He provided this statement:

"I think Donald Trump's comments were completely reprehensible, and I strongly denounce them. I would never want Polly and our daughters to be treated that way or spoken of with that kind of inappropriate language. But this election is about Hillary Clinton's record as well."

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