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Republican Meg Whitman endorses Hillary Clinton, will raise funds

Meg Whitman, Hewlett-Packard executive, is seen during the HP Discover 2013 conference in Las Vegas.
Meg Whitman, Hewlett-Packard executive, is seen during the HP Discover 2013 conference in Las Vegas. Bloomberg News

Republican Meg Whitman, the Hewlett-Packard Co. executive who ran unsuccessfully for California governor in 2010, will vote for Hillary Clinton and raise money for her campaign, Whitman told The New York Times on Tuesday.

Referring to Donald Trump as a “dishonest demagogue,” as she has previously, Whitman told the newspaper the Republican nominee had “undermined the character of the nation.”

She said that while she does not agree with Clinton on many issues, she “would be a much better president than Donald Trump.”

Whitman told the newspaper she would give to both Clinton’s campaign and to her super PACs.

“I will vote for Hillary, I will talk to my Republican friends about helping her, and I will donate to her campaign and try to raise money for her,” Whitman told The Times.

Whitman’s endorsement of Clinton, while significant, was not entirely unexpected. In February, she blasted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for his endorsement of Trump, after helping Christie raise money for his failed presidential bid.

A Sacramento Republican explains why he won't vote for Donald Trump and gives his support to Hillary Clinton.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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