Several high-profile Republicans have announced support for Democratic nominees for office in battleground states over the MAGA candidates opposing them.
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As midterm elections approach, Trump has used his platform to endorse several Republican candidates, but the rest of the GOP does not appear to be falling in line.
For example, Trump announced his support for Rep. Mark Finchem (R-AZ) in his campaign for secretary of state. However, State Rep. Joel John (R-AZ) went against the grain by announcing that he would endorse Adrian Fontes, a Democrat.
“Our nation’s history is full of heroes who bravely stood up to do what was right even if it wasn’t popular in their respective camps,” John stated. “We need more people like that today.”
“I am proud to support Adrian Fontes and join noble Republicans and Independents who are willing to put country before party,” he continued. “His opponent is someone who sought to get rid of voting by mail and has sought to overturn the 2020 election. Arizona deserves better.”
In Kansas, two former Republican governors announced support for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, despite Trump’s vocal support for her opposition, Attorney General Derek Schmidt.
Govs. Mike Hayden (R-KS) and Bill Graves (R-KS) both lauded Kelly for her ability to reach across the aisle.
“In 50 years in Kansas politics, I’ve seen the good times and the bad,” Hayden said. “The affairs of Kansas are in good shape right now, and I credit the bipartisan approach of Gov. Kelly.”
Kansas and Arizona are not alone.
In Oklahoma, three state congressmen are supporting senate candidate Kendra Horn (D) over Trump’s pick, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R).
In August, Pennsylvania saw a swing of 16 Republicans withdrawing their support from governor candidate Doug Mastriano after photos were released showing him in a Confederate uniform. They now support Democratic candidate Josh Shapiro.
Former Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff made a similar stand in Texas by putting his support behind Mike Collier (D) for lieutenant governor.
“As a former elected Republican, I’m putting partisanship aside and joining the growing number of Republicans voting for the man we think is best for Texas, and that’s Mike Collier,” Ratliff stated.