politics The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats  

Jennifer Lee
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List Rules Includes Republican politicians who were at one time registered as Democrats

The GOP boasts a wide range of new politicians who once claimed their allegiance to the Democrats. These new Republicans changed their mind and flipped sides of the isle for one reason or another. This is a list of the most influential GOP members who were former members of the other major party in the US the Democratic Party. The list includes former ultra-Conservative President Ronald Regan as a former Liberal. Also, in this list is current GOP Presidential nomination hopeful and former Democrat Rick Perry. Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City right wing Herman Cain was a Democrat. Another flip-flopper and Republican Presidential nominee hopeful, Minnesota Representative, Michelle Bachman as a left wing liberal back in high school. Even the Mayor of New York City, the current billionaire media tycoon Michael Bloomberg was a Democrat in his earlier days. Rounding out the top is former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who was a Democrat prior to her move over to the GOP. Switching political affiliation dates back a few centuries as judges and governors looked to win influence over their representatives and senators to gain political power across the isles of Congress and in their district.

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Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Ronald Reagan Died at 93 (1911-2004)

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Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats

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Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
JeremiahMoses added Donald Trump

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Herman Cain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Herman Cain age 72

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Michele Bachmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats

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Rudy Giuliani is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
udontneedtoknowmyname added Rudy Giuliani age 73

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Elizabeth Dole is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
RobLein added Elizabeth Dole age 81

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Mike Pence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Mike Pence age 59

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Joe Lieberman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Joe Lieberman age 75

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Rick Perry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Rick Perry age 68

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Amy Tuck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Amy Tuck age 54

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Jesse Helms is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Jesse Helms Died at 87 (1921-2008)

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Phil Gramm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Phil Gramm age 76

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Michael Bloomberg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats

Jewish Republicans

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Ben Nighthorse Campbell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats

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Trent Lott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Trent Lott age 76

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Nathan Deal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Nathan Deal age 75

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John Connally is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
RobLein added John Connally Died at 76 (1917-1993)

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Hannibal Hamlin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Hannibal Hamlin Died at 82 (1809-1891)

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Strom Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Strom Thurmond Died at 101 (1902-2003)

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Richard Shelby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats

The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years

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Walter B. Jones, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats

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Norm Coleman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Norm Coleman age 68

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Sonny Perdue is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
MichaelP.McMahon added Former Governor Sonny Perdue age 72

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Wendell Willkie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
RobLein added Wendell Willkie Died at 52 (1892-1944)

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Buddy Roemer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Buddy Roemer age 74

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Thad Cochran is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Tom Ryugo added Thad Cochran age 80

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John Hoeven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
John Hoeven age 60

The Most Popular Democrats That Were Once Republicans

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Parker Griffith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats

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Frank Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
RobLein added Frank Rizzo Died at 71 (1920-1991)

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Lauch Faircloth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Tom Ryugo added Lauch Faircloth age 89

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Kevin Mannix is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Kevin Mannix age 68

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Steve Levy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Steve Levy age 58

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Milton H. Hamilton, Jr is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Milton H. Hamilton, Jr Died at 76 (1932-2008)

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Ben Westlund is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Ben Westlund Died at 61 (1949-2010)

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Ed Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Ed Whitfield age 74

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Mike Gravel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Mike Gravel age 87

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Jerry Brown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Jerry Brown age 80