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Trump allies warn Republicans they risk political peril if they back impeachment

White House allies are urging Republican lawmakers not to vote to impeach President Trump in an attempt to stem a trickle of defections by warning that they risk losing critical voters in battleground states if they turn against their leader.

A survey conducted by Trump's campaign pollster in the days after protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol found that people in swing states overwhelmingly want Congress to focus on battling the coronavirus, not impeachment.

But other Republicans say Trump’s appeal as an election-winning machine has evaporated after the party lost the White House and sabotaged hopes of holding two Senate seats in Georgia, and other opinion polls suggest that a majority of voters support impeachment.

It leaves lawmakers facing a familiar decision: weighing the power that Trump continues to hold over a swath of voters against his shortcomings — this time in the way he peddled claims, unsupported by court rulings or his own Department of Justice, about a stolen election that erupted into violence last week.