Biden leaves Republican moderates “no choice” but to back the former president

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Some Republicans who said they would never support former president donald trump They again seem set to do just that in November, as they feel President Biden’s policies and leadership cannot be allowed a second term.

“It’s not an enthusiastic vote,” Eric Levine, a former Nikki Haley supporter, said in an interview with Fox News Digital. “I have no choice.”

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Levine, a prominent Republican fundraiser, wrote an essay for his vast network of GOP donors and activists last week, informing them that despite his initial determination after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to “never” return to support Trump, I would do just that.

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Some voters are surprised to return to former President Donald Trump.

In his memo he wrote: “The saying ‘never say never’ is wise.”

Republican strategist John Feehery said it will depend on “how horrified they are by Biden’s policies” whether Republicans “who were never Trump” will return to him.

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This was the case with Levine. He described his decision-making process this way: “I think it’s more that I’m so offended by Biden. What am I going to do?”

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For Levine, it was never a choice between Biden and Trump. Rather, it was about whether she would stay home on Election Day or return to Trump.

“Some will clearly return to Trump,” explained Republican strategist Doug Heye. He noted that this happens after the primaries and is “what campaigns call ‘coming home.'”

“But no one knows what that number is,” he added. With the likely rematch between Trump and Biden shaping up to be competitive, that exact number could make the difference.

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Andrew Smith, director of the University of New Hampshire Polling Center, said it was “too early” to tell, but noted that “voters have a great ability to rationalize why they vote for their party’s candidate rather than by the candidate on the list”. another party.”

“I think as we get closer to the election, after Labor Day, I think the majority of anti-Trump primary voters will end up supporting Trump,” he predicted.

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When Levine sent the memo to his Republican network, he was surprised by the volume of responses he received. “Surprisingly, at the end of the [Never-Trumpers]It was a division,” he said.

“There [were] several people said, ‘Yeah, I guess we have to do it.’ [support Trump]”.

Many Trump-averse Republicans had flocked to Haley ahead of the Republican primary.

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According to several exit polls in New Hampshire and South Carolina, Haley attracted significant percentages of independent voters as she appeared more moderate than her opponents on the campaign trail. Her coalition was unique, and she gained support from disaffected Republicans who were likely exhausted by Trump. She even managed to gain some Democratic support in some states, where those voters could participate in Republican primaries.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, endorsed Haley ahead of the state’s primary, where she won 43% of the vote. But in March he surprised some when he announced his plan to vote for Trump, despite his previous criticism of the former president. “After the primary, the vast majority of people always come back,” he said.

“People will go to Trump because Biden has ruined it so much for him and his party,” he said. According to him, they recognize that it is about “whether you support a Republican agenda, a Republican administration.”

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Biden’s campaign has welcomed supporters of former Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley.

Biden’s campaign has actively sought to win over Haley’s supporters. The president’s team even ran a 30-second ad in battleground states asking voters to “save America” ​​and “stand with us.”

In contrast, the Trump campaign has made no specific effort to appeal to Haley’s coalition.

“Telling your own voters to punch sand is not smart,” Heye said.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said: “No amount of deception by the Biden campaign can make voters forget the bloodbath Biden has caused across America.” .

“Biden is losing support from black voters, Hispanic voters and almost every other part of his base due to his disastrous policies and failed presidency. Meanwhile, support for President Trump continues to grow,” he added.

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Marlys Popma, a prominent Iowa Republican operative who endorsed Haley during the Iowa caucuses, said Trump’s lack of outreach may not discourage Haley’s supporters because “when the harsh reality sets in,” people will say, ” “I’m going to vote for Trump.” because his policies are correct.'”

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President Biden faces low approval ratings ahead of the election.

Levine said he couldn’t imagine Republicans who supported Haley choosing Biden in November. “I don’t see how a Nikki Haley voter can go from Nikki Haley to Joe Biden,” she said. “Everything Nikki Haley stands for, Joe Biden is against.”

But Republican strategist David Kochel, a former adviser to Mitt Romney, offered another prediction: “I think a large number of people will not vote in the presidential election or will vote for Biden or a third party.”

Gunner Ramer, political director of Republican Accountability PAC, called it “disappointing but not surprising” to see a “member of the Republican establishment” cowering and supporting Trump, referring to Levine.

Ramer’s organization recently launched a series of anti-Trump ads in key Midwestern states in an attempt to prevent him from winning a second term.

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