The Republican party may have spent over 20 years fighting Hillary Clinton and her causes, but many key figures from the GOP establishment are now endorsing Hillary Clinton, with many more Republicans across the country expected to vote for Hillary in November. Support for Hillary Clinton from a number of high-profile Republicans comes following Donald Trump’s acceptance of their party’s nomination. Which Republicans have endorsed Hillary Clinton so far and which could be next?
According to Time, Hillary Clinton has picked up support from a number of key figures across the Republican party. It was Rep. Richard Hanna, a retiring representative from New York who became the first high-profile Republican to confirm that he’d be voting for Clinton. Hanna admitted that he disagrees with Hillary on many issues, however, she’s the better option for the future security of the United States, saying that “being a good American who loves his country is far more important than parties or winning and losing.”
More Republican representatives are expected to follow Hanna in endorsing Hillary Clinton’s presidency. However, Clinton has also managed to pick up support from many within the GOP establishment, including from Sally Bradshaw, a senior adviser to former Republican candidate Jeb Bush, after refusing to vote for Donald Trump.
In fact, alongside Bradshaw, Clinton has managed to pick up support from many Republicans behind the campaigns of Donald Trump’s rivals in the Republican primary contest. Despite Chris Christie himself endorsing Donald Trump’s candidacy after he dropped out of the race, Maria Comella, a longtime aide to the Republican New Jersey Governor, said that she plans to vote Hillary Clinton, saying this election is no longer about picking which party you support, with such a stark contrast in the candidates.
Furthermore, according to the Boston Globe, Clinton is even managing to pick up support from those who have worked in Republican administrations. Three big-name former George W. Bush administration officials, including Richard Armitage, Henry Paulson and Brent Scowcroft have all announced in the past few weeks that they’re supporting Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, with the hope that the Democratic nominee can bring the country together in a way that Republican nominee Donald Trump never could.
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That being said, Clinton isn’t just picking up the support of those within the Republican party. A number of prominent Republican donors and fundraisers are switching their support to the Democratic candidate, which could be promising for Clinton’s campaign finances.
Meg Whitman, best known as Hewlett Packard’s Enterprise CEO has been a prominent Republican fundraiser for many years, serving as an adviser to former Republican presidential nominee John McCain before running for Governor of California as the Republican party’s nominee in 2010. However, in 2016, Whitman plans to vote for Hillary Clinton, saying “It is clear to me that Secretary Clinton’s temperament, global experience and commitment to America’s bedrock national values make her the far better choice in 2016 for President of the United States.”
Hillary Clinton is expected to pick up support from a number of high-profile Republicans before the 2016 presidential election, as many within the party scramble to prevent a Donald Trump presidency, even if that does mean handing victory to the Democrats. In the end, though, it could be Republican voters that secure Hillary Clinton the presidency in November.
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