Here's How Republicans Are Abandoning Trump on Election Day

November 8th 2016

Danielle DeCourcey

Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush became the latest high profile Repubicans to annouce that they did not vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump. The Bushes reportedly avoided voting for president all together.

They're not the only Republicans who have said they're not voting for the GOP nominee. We've seen Republicans praising the Democratic convention strategy and establishment Republicans support Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Republicans like former Secretary of State Colin Powell, several other members of the Bush family, and former Gov. Mitt Romney refused to endorse Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Even as Americans are making their way to the polls today to choose the next president, Republicans are abandoning Trump.

Some conservative voters are opting for third party candidates instead of Trump.

Some are opting to vote for Libertarian candidate former Gov. Gary Johnson instead of Trump.

However, another third party candidate has the potential to make an impact on the election.

Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, a former CIA agent, previously served as the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference according to NBC News. McMullin is pulling some Republican support.

In Utah, McMullin polled close to the two major party candidates. In an October poll, the devout Mormon was in a statistical tie with Trump and Clinton. If McMullin wins that state, it would take those electoral college votes away from Trump and Clinton.

Other Republicans voiced their support for Clinton weeks ago.

Lifelong Republican Max Boot from the Center for Foreign Relations tweeted that Clinton is the superior candidate to his party's nominee.

Also Republican Rosario Marín, formerly a U.S. treasurer, has retweeted support for Clinton and negative tweets about Trump.

Rosario Marin's retweets.

Rosario Marin retweets.

This summer, she wrote an opinion piece for Univision denouncing Trump's rhetoric and supporting Clinton.

"I have disagreed with and criticized Hillary Clinton’s positions, but I have come to the conclusion that she would be a far better president than the Republican candidate could ever be. She understands that words spoken from the White House have consequences, that sarcasm is not a strategy when dealing with delicate world situations, that our friends and foes listen to every word spoken by our president and react accordingly. There is too much at stake both domestically and abroad to have a thoughtless individual at the helm of the most important economy in the world."

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