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More and more Republicans are running for the lifeboats.With President Trump sinking in th...
More and more Republicans are running for the lifeboats.

With President Trump Donald John TrumpFeds investigating if alleged Hunter Biden emails connected to foreign intelligence operation: report Six takeaways from Trump and Biden's dueling town halls Biden draws sharp contrast with Trump in low-key town hall MORE sinking in the polls less than three weeks before the November elections, a growing number of GOP lawmakers are scrambling to distance themselves from their party's embattled standard-bearer — a shift that's both illuminated Trump's tumultuous tenure in the White House and driven cracks in the GOP's united front at a particularly inconvenient moment for the unpopular president.

For vulnerable Republicans at risk of losing seats, the detachment appears designed to attract independent and moderate GOP voters who have soured on Trump after four years in office. Others seem to have written the president off and are now burnishing images of political independence in preparation for a Trump-less Washington.

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"It's about survival for some. For others, it's about positioning for the post-Trump world," said one former Republican lawmaker, who estimated there was only a "5-to-10 percent chance" of Trump winning a second term.

National polls show Joe Biden Joe BidenFeds investigating if alleged Hunter Biden emails connected to foreign intelligence operation: report Six takeaways from Trump and Biden's dueling town halls Biden draws sharp contrast with Trump in low-key town hall MORE leading Trump by an average of nearly 9 percentage points, and Biden is also ahead in Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — critical states that Trump carried four years ago.

In fact, Trump's campaign manager, Bill StepienBill StepienTrump shares manipulated image of Biden in wheelchair at nursing home The Memo: Trump travel plans reveal weakness in battlegrounds Biden woos senior voters amid signs they're turning on Trump MORE, has been "darkly…
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