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Former Florida GOP chairwoman becomes a Democrat to vote for Pete Buttigieg

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Cindy Guerra, the former chair of Florida’s Broward Republican Party, has changed her party affiliation to Democrat so she can vote for out presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. She says her opposition to Donald Trump drove her decision.

Buttigieg currently leads the delegate count after squeaking out a lead in Iowa and placing a close second in New Hampshire. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has fought Buttigieg for the lead and only trails the former mayor by one delegate.

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“I find him very impressive. I do think he’s qualified,” Guerra told the Sun Sentinal. “Here’s the thing: I am not going to vote for Donald Trump — ever. I think Pete Buttigieg is far more qualified than Donald Trump. I think he’s far more intelligent. I think he is far more humane.”

“We need a change.”

Guerra left the Republican Party in 2016, but not before she campaigned on behalf of Hillary Clinton while still registered as a Republican. She changed her registration to no party affiliation at the time.

“I knew this was not going to work out,” she told the newspaper. “I supported Hillary Clinton because there was no way I was going to support Donald Trump because I knew that everything that is happening was going to happen. I didn’t really imagine it was going to be quite as bad, but here we are.”

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