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The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats 

Jennifer Lee
Updated December 20, 2018 5.4k votes 940 voters 29.6k views 39 items

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
Dec. 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
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Herman Cain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Age: 74
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Rudy Giuliani is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
udontneedtoknowmyname added Age: 75
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Michele Bachmann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
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Mike Pence is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Age: 60
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Rick Perry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Age: 69
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Joe Lieberman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Age: 77
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Elizabeth Dole is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
RobLein added Age: 83
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Michael Bloomberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
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Jesse Helms is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Dec. 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
Age: 77
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Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
CaliforniaMapper added Dec. at 91 (1874-1965)
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Amy Tuck is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Age: 56
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Trent Lott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Age: 78
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Nathan Deal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Age: 77
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John Connally is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
RobLein added Dec. at 76 (1917-1993)
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Ben Nighthorse Campbell ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
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Richard Shelby is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Age: 85
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Hannibal Hamlin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Dec. at 82 (1809-1891)
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Sonny Perdue is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
MichaelP.McMahon added Age: 73
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Strom Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Dec. at 101 (1902-2003)
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Norm Coleman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Age: 70
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Walter B. Jones, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats