A trying week for the Trump campaign

The past week has been a trying time for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. On Friday night, a videotape surfaced in which Trump made lewd comments about touching women without their consent. Following the video's release, GOP leaders condemned Trump's comments, including Sen. John McCain and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Trump's support among women has also taken a big hit. Even before the video's release, Trump's support among women had fallen by 9 points between Sept. 26 and Oct. 7. Without the support of women voters, Trump's path to the White House looks increasingly difficult.

The impact of the video has extended beyond women. In several key swing states, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has pulled ahead of Trump. Clinton currently leads Trump in seven of the 10 prominent swing states and holds an especially large lead in Colorado, Pennsylvania and Michigan. A Clinton victory in any of these states would be a decisive blow against Trump in the general election. According to polling, Trump only leads in three swing states -- Georgia, Iowa and Arizona -- and his lead in Arizona is dwindling.

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Karena Virginia, along with attorney Gloria Allred, speaks at a news conference October 20, 2016 in New York. Virginia, a yoga teacher and life coach from New York, came forward for the first time on October 20, 2016 to accuse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct which occured in 1998. / AFP / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the TV show The Apprentice, reacts next to lawyer Gloria Allred (L) while speaking about allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump during a news conference in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 14, 2016. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian
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Jessica Drake speaks to reporters about allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump, alongside lawyer Gloria Allred (L) during a news conference in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 22, 2016. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian
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Trump's week didn't improve much after the video's release. Opinion polls from the second presidential debate on Sunday favor Clinton. Over half of the respondents in the CNN poll indicated that Clinton won the debate, compared to less than 40 percent for Trump.

Regardless, the Trump campaign continues to push on. Despite calls to drop out from fellow Republicans, Trump has indicated that he will not quit. His performance in the upcoming -- and final -- presidential debate on Oct. 19 will likely be a crucial turning point for the race.

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