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
Died at 93 (1911-2004)

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219 70
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats

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136 40
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
JeremiahMoses added

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157 85
Herman Cain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
age 73

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139 82
Michele Bachmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats

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109 62
Rudy Giuliani is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
udontneedtoknowmyname added age 74

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63 27
Mike Pence is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
age 59

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48 18
Elizabeth Dole is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
RobLein added age 82

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98 73
Joe Lieberman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
age 76

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197 168
Rick Perry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
age 68

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71 69
Jesse Helms is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Died at 87 (1921-2008)

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46 42
Amy Tuck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
age 55

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52 50
Phil Gramm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
age 76

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190 220
Michael Bloomberg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats

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53 61
Trent Lott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
age 77

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43 49
Ben Nighthorse Campbell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats

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36 41
Nathan Deal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
age 76

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

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34 41
Richard Shelby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats

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35 43
Hannibal Hamlin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Died at 82 (1809-1891)

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38 48
Norm Coleman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
age 69

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28 35
Walter B. Jones, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats

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42 54
Strom Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Died at 101 (1902-2003)

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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 age 72

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1 1
Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
CaliforniaMapper added Died at 91 (1874-1965)

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31 43
Buddy Roemer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
age 75

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0 1
Joseph Goebbels is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Rickster79 added Died at 48 (1897-1945)

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John Hoeven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
age 61

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21 31
Parker Griffith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats

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Kevin Mannix is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
age 69

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Wendell Willkie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
RobLein added Died at 52 (1892-1944)

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Steve Levy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
age 59

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7 12
Frank Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
RobLein added Frank Rizzo Died at 71 (1920-1991)

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Thad Cochran is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Tom Ryugo added age 81

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20 31
Milton H. Hamilton, Jr is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Milton H. Hamilton, Jr Died at 76 (1932-2008)

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1 4
Lauch Faircloth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Tom Ryugo added Lauch Faircloth age 90

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16 26
Ben Westlund is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
Died at 61 (1949-2010)

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20 35
Ed Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
age 75

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18 35
Mike Gravel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
age 88

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31 92
Jerry Brown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Republicans Who Were Once Democrats
age 80