Rep. Hunter of the 50th District, who has represented East San Diego County since 2009, said he has told his colleagues in Congress to join the bandwagon.
“I’m in, and I’ve been in,” he was quoted Wednesday as saying.
Hunter told Politico that he and Trump see eye-to-eye on border security, manufacturing and national security, and also likes Trump for another reason.
“I don’t think Trump wants my endorsement,” Hunter said. “And that’s one reason why I like him.”
Hunter can afford to take a chance on a nonestablishment candidate because his huge district is overwhelmingly Republican, and faces no serious challenge.
In late January, the Registrar of Voters Office posted registration figures showing Republicans edge Democrats in Hunter’s district 44 percent to 26 percent, with 24 percent of the 50th’s 289,227 voters listed as “decline to state.”
Hunter’s endorsement of Trump brought some reaction:
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) endorses Trump & says there are more Trump supporters in Congress, "in the closet" https://t.co/W2SS5ILC4F
— TrumpCoastOfSC (@Ma1973sk) February 24, 2016
Rep. Duncan Hunter endorses Donald Trump. This is HUGE! The old GOP Mafia is dying. Good riddance.https://t.co/1rVvrpIXFL
— Jeff Schwilk (@Jeff_Schwilk) February 24, 2016
First Rep. Duncan Hunter vapes at a Congressional hearing, now he endorses Trump. Big month for him! https://t.co/rgnTti2ueR
— Matt Fleming (@mflemingterp) February 24, 2016
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