7 Celebrities and Bigwigs Who May Surprise You With Their Voting Intentions in 2016

Will voters coalesce around the most disliked candidates in political history? Members of both parties say no. But you may be surprised by who's crossing over to the other party—or at least thinking about it. 


1. Laura Bush (R)

“I want our next president, whoever he or she might be, to be somebody who is interested in women in Afghanistan,” the former first lady announced at the New York Times’ annual Women in the World summit.
Only one candidate, Hillary Clinton, leads on Afghan women’s rights.
2. Charles Koch (R)
Conservative billionaire Charles Koch made headlines last month for admitting on ABC News that Hillary Clinton could possibly be a better president than the Republican candidates. Koch also believes Donald Trump's policy toward Muslims is “reminiscent of Nazi Germany."

3. Eliot Cohen (R)
Eliot Cohen, a former top State Department official under George W. Bush, told Politico in March that a Trump presidency would be “an unmitigated disaster for American foreign policy, [which] he has already damaged... considerably.” Cohen would "strongly prefer a third party candidate" to Trump, but admitted he would potentially vote Democrat: "Probably if absolutely no alternative: Hillary."

4. Rina Shah Bharara (R)
Rina Shah Bharara is an RNC delegate from the District of Columbia. Faced with the choice of Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton in a general election, Bharara, a lifelong loyal Republican, told Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson that she would definitely consider voting for Clinton. "I know what I'm getting with Clintonian policies; I don't know what I'm getting with Donald Trump."

5. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson (R)

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson was the Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell in the first term of the George W. Bush administration. Wilkerson has called Trump a "dangerous racist" and hopes the Republican Party loses if the nominee is Trump or Ted Cruz. Regarding the Democrats, he would prefer Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton because he believes Sanders could get more done in Congress.

6. Harlan Hill (D)

Democratic strategist Harlan Hill claims we'll see the number of Sanders supporters who won't back Clinton increase over time.

According to Hill, those supporters, like himself, will either stay home during the general election or cross over. "I’m looking at Donald Trump,"  Hill told Fox News, and added "I may even work to actively elect him."

7. Jim Webb (D)

Former presidential candidate Jim Webb briefly ran against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race, and told MSNBC that Clinton being "wrong on every foreign policy issue since 9/11" has steered him away from supporting her. However, he has not yet ruled out voting for Donald Trump. 

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