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DONALD has set Republicans' knees shaking during his campaign which has left the party's candidates caught between a rock and a hard place just days before the election, commentators have suggested.

PUBLISHED: 13:40, Fri, Oct 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:09, Fri, Oct 30, 2020

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Mr is trailing behind his opponent Joe Biden in the national polls with just under a week to go until the presidential election. As COVID-19 cases in the US continue to rise -- making it the worst hit nation in the world -- and many are still concerned about the prospect of civil unrest, Democrats have their fingers crossed that a Biden administration could be elected for next year. However, Mr 's supporters are hoping that the stats are inaccurate, just as they were in 2016 when the billionaire stunned the world and was elected to the White House.

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Earlier this month, the BBC’s Americast examined how Mr ’s party was also reacting to his current position in the polls.

BBC North America editor Jon Sopel said: “The dilemma for Republicans: if they criticise Donald , Republican candidates, do they lose the voters?

“And if they don’t criticise Donald how are they going to win the independents that they need to win the victory?

“And that is the tightrope Republican candidates are walking in this election.

Donald Trump with Republican senator Ben SasseDonald with Republican senator Ben Sasse (Image: Getty)

Trump at the Republican National Convention last year at the Republican National Convention last year (Image: Getty)

“You can see it with all sorts of candidates. You think, ‘Why don’t they just break with ? Man’s a disaster’, or whatever it happens to be, like ‘he’s tried hard but now we have to move on’.”

Yet, Mr Sopel said the candidates are worried they will personally lose support if they publicly break with Mr .

BBC journalist Emily Maitlis then noted how two key Republican senators stood down at the US midterms because they felt they were not represented by Mr .

She explained: “And then there’s been others that we’ve seen come out of the woodwork recently, like Ben Sasse, the Nebraska senator, who told his constituents that, ‘kisses dictators’ butts' and 'flirts with white supremacists’.”

She also pointed out how Mr Sasse had actually voted with the President 87 percent of the time, but only seems to have revealed what he really

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