TPM's Elected Official Trump Endorsement Scorecard

Chris Carlson

UPDATED: August 16, 2016, 5:01 PM ET

Donald Trump is the last man standing to be the Republican presidential nominee after Tuesday's Indiana primary, after beating out more than a dozen other contenders throughout the campaign. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus called for the party to rally behind Trump in the wake of his decisive Hoosier State victory, but comments from elected Republicans show not everyone is ready to jump on board the "#TrumpTrain" just yet.

Here's a roundup of where elected GOP officials stand on their party's presumptive nominee (taxonomy explained here):

Endorse Trump


Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) released a statement endorsing Trump in March.

I ask my friends and supporters to ignore the negativity coming from the Washington establishment and to get behind Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. Let’s make America great again!

Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) endorsed Donald Trump in May along with the Bergen County Republican Organization.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chair of the Financial Services Committee, was one of nine House chairman to release a statement in May endorsing Trump.

It is paramount that we coalesce around the Republican nominee, Mr. Donald J. Trump, and maintain control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) embraced Trump after Cruz left the race.

I plan to put all of my support behind Donald Trump and do whatever is asked of me to ensure a Republican is elected president.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chair of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, was one of nine House chairman to release a statement in May endorsing Trump.

It is paramount that we coalesce around the Republican nominee, Mr. Donald J. Trump, and maintain control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) told MSNBC that he had come around to Trump after his candidate of choice, Cruz, dropped out.

I think we're going to see some conservative motion in the country. And the thing I'm really most excited about is Donald Trump is a deal maker. I spent my six years in Congress with a "my way or the highway" president. I want a dealmaker who will come in and will get some stuff done and I think that's what the American people want. They're tired of gridlock in Washington.

Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) said Trump was not his first choice but that he now “unequivocally” endorses him.

I am totally at peace and unequivocally endorsing Donald Trump.

Rep. Pete Smith (R-TX), Chair of the House Rules Committee, was one of nine House chairman to release a statement in May endorsing Trump.

It is paramount that we coalesce around the Republican nominee, Mr. Donald J. Trump, and maintain control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chair of the Agriculture Committee, was one of nine House chairman to release a statement in May endorsing Trump.

It is paramount that we coalesce around the Republican nominee, Mr. Donald J. Trump, and maintain control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) endorsed Trump at the end of February, defending the businessman's promise to "fix illegal immigration."

Trump understands that a nation must always place the interests of its own people first.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorsed Trump in February after failing his own White House bid, calling Trump the most qualified person running.

He is rewriting the playbook of American politics because he's providing strong leadership that not dependent on the status quo.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage endorsed Trump in late February and later introduced the businessman at a campaign rally.

I was Donald Trump before Donald Trump became popular

Florida Gov. Rick Scott endorsed Trump the day after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) dropped out of the running:

With his victories yesterday, I believe it is now time for Republicans to accept and respect the will of the voters and coalesce behind Donald Trump.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said she backs Trump "100 percent" and she's honored to be mentioned as a potential running mate.

My first and foremost goal right now is to finish our legislative session, but if I were to receive a call that said: 'I need you to help make America great again,' I'd be happy to take that call.

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) was among the first members of Congress to endorse Trump:

Donald Trump has clearly demonstrated that he has both the guts and the fortitude to return our nation’s jobs stolen by China, take on our enemies like ISIS, Iran, North Korea and Russia, and most importantly, re-establish the opportunity for our children and grandchildren to attain the American Dream.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) had said he would support Trump as the nominee, but later said he'd campaign alongside Trump in North Carolina.

I’ve supported Donald Trump. I’ll campaign with Donald Trump in North Carolina. I’m supportive of his presidency and I believe what America needs is new leadership. We don’t need a third term of Barack Obama.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) was also in the vanguard of congressional Trump backers:

We don't need a policy wonk as President. We need a leader as President.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), a former Carson backer, told the Baltimore Sun in May that he was now “101 percent enthusiastic” about Trump.

Everyone's going to come together in the end.

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) was an early supporter, too:

Now is the time to unite behind the candidate who I believe will be our nominee, Donald Trump.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) said that he would back Trump, just one week after he endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX):

I’m fully supportive of our presumptive nominee, and I do think Donald Trump will do well in the State of Indiana. ... I’m going to campaign hard for the Republican nominee because Indiana needs a partner in the White House.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) threw his hat in the ring for Trump, calling him the “obvious” choice.

Hillary Clinton makes it clear she's running for Barack Obama's third term in the White House with nothing but a different name on the door. That makes our choice all the more obvious. Eight years of an arrogant administration and continuous corruption is a long time—and it is long enough.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) said he would support Trump because Branstad is a “team player” and Americans want someone “different and unconventional.”

Yes, I am going to, cause he's going to be the nominee of our party and I'm a team player and I'm going to support him.

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, walked back his previous doubt and endorsed Trump following a meeting with Trump and GOP leaders on Capitol Hill..

While I may disagree with the rhetoric Mr. Trump uses and some policy positions, he is the better option than Hillary Clinton in the White House. That's why all along I've said I intend to support the GOP nominee.​

Rep. Scott Desjarlais endorsed Trump even before he was presumptive nominee.

While there are certainly things that I admire and respect in each of the remaining candidates, I believe Donald Trump is the candidate best poised to make America great again.

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) has endorsed Trump and is reported to be serving as Trump’s energy advisor.

The best way to keep our party united is if Trump’s endorsed.

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) endorsed Trump.

Donald Trump is the only person who has what it takes to shake up the status quo and entrenched bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) went from saying she’d support the nominee to offering her full support for Trump after meeting with him on Capitol Hill.

He has tapped into where people are in this country.

Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), who’s up for reelection this fall, was among the state’s delegates stamped with the Trump campaign’s endorsement, the Missoulian reported. After his selection, Zinke called for the party to unite behind its presumptive nominee.

It’s the shake-it-up candidates that prevailed, and Donald Trump got ahead on three issues...No one was farther right on immigration. He went far on immigration and then on jobs, which we all care about because if we don’t have a vibrant economy, I can tell you nothing else matters. Because we can’t afford to keep a strong military, we can’t afford the promise, we made and we’ve made a lot of promises in the country. And lastly, Donald Trump is anti-establishment because America knows best.

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) said he supports the presumptive nominee. Rounds also earlier said even if Trump’s failure to promptly denounce an endorsement from an ex-Ku Klux Klan leader – which he blamed on a faulty earpiece – was intentional, the real estate mogul is still better for the country than the Democrats.

After Mike Huckabee left the race back earlier this year, I said I'd support whoever the Republican nominee for President is. I think most of us would presume it will be Donald Trump. When he has that nomination, I will support him.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) said while he doesn’t always agree with Trump, he’s still better than a Democrat in the White House.


Even though I don’t agree with Donald Trump on everything, and I think there may be certain things or statements of his that I may disagree with, he is a better candidate by far than Hillary Clinton.

Rep. Pete King (R-NY) previously backed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and then Rubio, but told a Long Island newspaper that he’s joined team Trump.

I will vote for him and I will endorse him.

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) endorsed the billionaire shortly after Super Tuesday and Rubio’s dropping out of the race after a sound defeat in his home state.

Now is the time to unite behind the candidate who I believe will be our nominee, Donald Trump. We must move beyond the bombastic rhetoric to positive discussion about creating jobs and improving the lives of all Americans. We all care about improving people's lives – that should always be our focus.

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) was the first congressional Republican to endorse Trump after previously supporting Bush.

Donald Trump has clearly demonstrated that he has both the guts and the fortitude to return our nation’s jobs stolen by China, take on our enemies like ISIS, Iran, North Korea and Russia, and most importantly, re-establish the opportunity for our children and grandchildren to attain the American Dream. That is why I am proud to endorse him as the next president of the United States.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) said she voted for Trump in the Washington state primary, despite reservations about his comments about women and people with disabilities:

Did I cast my ballot with enthusiasm? Not exactly - I’m still getting to know Mr. Trump like so many others.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) endorsed Trump in late May, noting that he'd originally been a supporter of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

I endorse Donald Trump ... My guy lost. When the jury speaks, I’m going to support the jury.

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) had supported Cruz, but will now back Trump:

He's alienated a lot of people, there's no question about that … But I think in a crisis, people are willing to forgive him of his personality quirks in favor of getting somebody in there who will go to Washington and shake things up.

Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) endorsed Trump in May:

He's tapped into the discontent and frustration pent up over the last eight years, and he represents an alternative to the normal political channels that have turned off so many Americans. I will support Donald Trump just as I have supported every Republican presidential nominee.

Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) said in a May statement that he backs Trump:

For all of my life I have supported and fought for conservative principles, Republican candidates and a safer, more prosperous future for our country. Donald Trump is our presumptive nominee and I intend to support him. Donald represents the populist wing of the Republican Party. Donald is a disruptor and Washington certainly needs that. He has received a record number of votes in the GOP primaries.

Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) will vote for Trump. Her spokesman Dave Gilliard said:

She believes a Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders presidency is unacceptable and would damage our nation for decades to come.

Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) backs Trump as the Republican nominee:

We need a president who is willing to work with both sides of the aisle despite differences in beliefs. … I hope he’s willing to do that. And I believe Mr. trump, who authorized the ‘Art of the Deal’ has the acumen to get Washington working again, which is really important to me.

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) will work to elect Trump to the White House:

I’ll work for my party’s nominee. … That does not mean I will agree with him on every issue. I am an independent person. I don’t agree with my wife all the time, but I’m for her, too.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) backs Trump against Hillary Clinton:

I support the Republican nominee, I support Mr. Trump. He’s up against Hillary Clinton, and that’s the choice.I’ve said forever, whoever wins this primary, we should be for the Republican because Secretary Clinton is on the other side. This is as simple as it gets in my mind.

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) has said he will back Trump:

I think clearly Mr. Trump is going to be the better choice for the United States of America.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said in a May speech that Republicans should back Trump:

It’s absolutely essential that we be united and move forward as one in this critical election.

Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) will back Trump:

Having four more years of policies like those of [President] Barack Obama is damaging to our country and our region.

Sen. Cory Gardner now says he will vote for Trump and encouraged others to do the same.

That's why I'm voting Republican up and down the ticket. A Republican president will make a difference, even a Republican president named Donald Trump.

'Supporting the nominee'

Rep. Tom Macarthur (R-NJ) said he would back Trump given the GOP base’s support for his campaign.

I don't think it's good to run away from anything. Millions of party members have nominated our presumptive nominee and he would be far better than Hillary Clinton.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) had endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for the presidency, but said he could support Trump as the nominee.

The country is better off having a Republican in the White House than having a Democrat in the White House. I’m certain that the center-right construct is better for our country than the far liberal left that we have to contend with.

Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) said he’d support the nominee. As his spokesman, Jordan Haverly said:

He will support Trump if he’s the nominee.

Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) said he would not break his decades-long streak of supporting Republican candidates for Trump.

I have always supported the Republican nominee for President of the United States dating back to my first vote for Richard M. Nixon in 1972. While no one would confuse my personality with his, Donald Trump will have my enthusiastic support for President against Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) had expressed reservations about Trump but said he was on board with the presumptive GOP nominee.

I will support our nominee and work incredibly hard for the success of our entire Republican ticket.

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) has said he disagreed with Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims, but that he’d support the nominee.

Well, look, I’m a Republican, I’m on the ballot in November. I support the Republican nominee for president. It’s pretty much that simple.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) has said he “absolutely” supports Trump as the nominee and called for others in his party to unify behind him.

I’m disappointed that there are some Republicans like the Bushes and even the chairman of the Republican Party with his bland response when they said, ‘Are you supporting him?'” he said. “But they just have to get it through their heads that he’s our nominee.

Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) said he was “not sold” on Trump.

I don't know if I'll ever be. I haven't yet been able to reconcile his differences with my strongly held beliefs on family and religious freedom, which I believe are the foundation for our country's well-being and identity.

Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) said he voted for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, but would support Trump over Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton. He also criticized Sanders’ “socialist principles:”

That works good in the church, it doesn’t work well in government.

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) has said Republicans should “respect” the nomination process and that Trump’s meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan was a positive step.

Today's meeting between Speaker Ryan and Trump was a good first step in helping to define what the goals of the Republican Party will be for the future.

Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) said he would support Trump as the nominee.

I'm going to support the Republican nominee. It appears it's going to be him (Trump). I'm hopeful we'll have more of an opportunity to better hear his views on how we fix the country. But in my district, people believe the pendulum has swung so far to the left over the last seven years that we have to have that come back.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said he’d support Trump as the nominee, but has seemed reluctant to say so outwardly.

Do I think that he will modify his positions or maybe explain them more completely? Yes, I think he will. I’m hopeful that the leaders in positions of responsibility in our country will give him the opportunity to do that and to enlighten him when they think he’s misinformed. And I think he’s going to be willing to listen.


Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA)
has said he would support the nominee.

Listen, Donald Trump – you don’t become a multi-billionaire by being dumb. Donald Trump’s a businessman. He understands the value, as I do, being a businessman myself, of surrounding yourself with good people. And Donald Trump will do that. I don’t have any trouble at all, if he is the nominee, in supporting Donald Trump.

Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Rep. Michael K. Conaway (R-TX), Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Rep. Candice S. Miller (R-MI), Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) signed a joint statement released after Trump met with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) that they would support the nominee.

We stand on the precipice of one of the most important elections of our lifetime. This great nation cannot endure eight more years of Democrat-control of the White House. It cannot afford to put Democrats in charge of Congress. It is paramount that we coalesce around the Republican nominee, Mr. Donald J. Trump, and maintain control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Any other outcome is a danger to economic growth, puts our national security in peril, enshrines ObamaCare as the law of the land, entraps Americans in a cycle of poverty and dependence, and undermines our constitutional republic.

Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) said he supports Trump as the nominee and was encouraged by his meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).

We do have to come together. To do that we have to take those steps toward each other. The speaker brought that out. He said we’re going to come together and talk.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) had endorsed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and voted for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in his state’s primary, but said he’d support Trump as the nominee.

I’m more than happy to support Donald Trump for president and support the Republican nominee. My confidence level in him as a conservative doing the right thing can be low at times. My confidence in Hillary Clinton doing the wrong thing is high all the time.

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) said Trump has “energized” some voters.

I will acknowledge that we do have different factions, but that’s how we grow. We have what I consider a regular Republican faction, you have a Libertarian faction, you have a purist faction and a populist faction. It brings people together.

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) said he would support the presumptive nominee.

I will be supporting Mr. Trump because Hillary Clinton is a deeply flawed candidate who has jeopardized national security secrets and supports liberal policies that would be bad for America.

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) threw her support behind Trump once he became the nominee.

The goal of the Republican Party should be to beat Hillary Clinton. We can't afford four more years of the flawed policies of the Obama administration, and that's what a Clinton presidency would entail. It would be devastating to our country.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) said through a spokesman in May that he would support the nominee.

The governor will support the party’s nominee. The governor has not endorsed a candidate in the primary and believes the process should work out on its own.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) has led the charge for congressional Republicans to back Trump as the nominee.

Anybody who doesn’t support the Republican nominee ... is a RINO. We have to recognize that more than anything else, we have to unite. At the end of the day, we’re all Republicans.

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) said she will support the Republican nominee at all costs.

Of course, I’m going to support the Republican nominee. I’m not going to vote for Hillary Clinton.

Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) expressed support for both Trump and Cruz, saying he’d be happy to have either as the GOP nominee.

I’m going to support the nominee and it better be one of those two. I will not support our party trying to pull a candidate out who hasn’t run, it has to be either Ted Cruz or Donald Trump.

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) reluctantly said he would support Trump once he became the nominee.

I support Donald Trump as our nominee, as he is clearly better than the avowed socialist and likely felon whom the Democrats are running.

Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) said she would withhold her support until a nominee was chosen at the July convention.

I've complained for quite some time that we've had very low voter turnout in Indiana for the last few election cycles. So I think we're going to see unprecedented turnout. I think it's exciting (and) I think we need to listen to the voters, but I’m going to support whoever the Republican nominee is coming out of the convention.

Rep. Larry Buschon (R-IN) said via spokesperson in May that he would support the nominee. He gave no public comment.

Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) said via spokesperson that he’ll back Trump as the nominee.

Todd Young has consistently said he intends to support the Republican nominee for president because we cannot have a third term of Barack Obama with Hillary Clinton as our next president.

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) originally endorsed Cruz. Though he said he still has questions about Trump’s conservative record, he would support the nominee.

People see that he has America headed in the wrong direction. I am going to work very hard to make sure that she is not the next president.

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) said he would support the nominee, even if it’s Trump.

The answer is yes. I’m supporting our nominee.

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) said he would support Trump as the nominee.

If he’s our nominee, I’ll support him and vote for him. I have an obligation to support him. It would be pretty hypocritical of me not to support Mr. Trump. I do think he’s not our perfect nominee.

Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) is reluctantly supporting Trump as the nominee.

I was with Bush, Rubio, then Cruz. . . . I’m going to support the nominee. Most reservations will be settled in the next few weeks. Members will get more and more comfortable with the nominee. I want to be more familiar with his tax plan.

Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) will accept Trump as the GOP candidate.

I was a Cruz guy. I’ve endorsed Trump because he’s our candidate. It comes down to the Supreme Court. I don’t want Hillary Clinton nominating the justices. Whether you like him or not, the people voted for him. The people spoke.

Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX), who endorsed Cruz, has said he’d do anything possible to keep Clinton from winning the election.

While Ted may not have gotten to the magic number before the GOP convention, I applaud his efforts to educate the hearts and minds of the American people on Conservative values and what makes America great. Now, we must set our sights on doing what is necessary to prevent Hillary Clinton from taking the White House in November.

Rep. John Carter (R-TX) said last August that he’d support the GOP nominee.

People ask me: Who are you supporting for president? I say, the Republican nominee. I’ll take anybody on that list over whoever we get [on the Democratic side].

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) had endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) but said the party must support its nominee.

We need to come to grips with the reality.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has called Trump a “controversial” figure but urged party unity after he became the nominee.

I think you will see people unifying behind the nominee ... people don't want four more years of this administration under Hillary Clinton.

Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) said it was important for the party to rally behind the candidate, even if that individual is Trump.

I hope that he can engage the American people in a way that can show a bright future for America.

Sen. Mike Barasso (R-WY) said he was “very impressed” after meeting with Trump on Capitol Hill, though he said was “a lot we still don’t know” about him.

I’ve said for a year I’m going to support the nominee and Donald Trump won the old-fashioned way. He got the most votes.

Gov. Matt Mead (R-WY) said that Trump’s comments about minorities and women were “not the way to go about” winning the election, but that he’d support him if he got the nomination.

If Trump becomes the nominee, I will vote for him.

Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA) said he will “absolutely” support the Republican nominee for president.

Yes, it does appear that it’s Donald Trump and I will support whoever the nominee is of our party is.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) faces a tough re-election this year amid his refusal to hold hearings for a ninth SCOTUS nominee, but he has said he will support the GOP nominee and that he trusts Trump to elect a new justice.

There's no problem with Trump appointing people to the Supreme Court.

Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) reportedly told The Huffington Post that Republicans needed to rally behind Trump.

He kicked everybody’s butt, won far more votes, and we can WIN with him. Voters are fed up with Washington, with politics as usual. If we can get all the men up off the couch and get them to actually vote we can win.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) has said he will support the nominee. His communications director, Brian Hart, confirmed this:

If Donald Trump is the nominee, which seems highly likely at this point, then Senator Blunt will support him. Senator Blunt had said all along that he will support the Republican nominee.

Rep. Jason T. Smith (R-MO) said he would support Trump if he was the nominee.

The sooner our party unites, the better.

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) called for the party to unite behind Trump.

You don’t always go on the field with a perfect team, but you still go out there to win.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)
said that he would support the nominee over Democratic presidential frontrunner, Hillary Clinton.

He’s our nominee. He’s the only one there.

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) said he wouldn’t support Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, but didn’t say whether he would back Trump specifically.

No matter who our presidential candidate is, no matter who our nominee is, we cannot allow Hillary Rodham Clinton one more night in our White House.

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) once campaigned for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the presidency, but said he’d support the GOP nominee.

I am going to support the Republican nominee and I’m going to support Donald Trump.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant once endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the White House, but said he would support the nominee.

I will support Donald Trump to stop Hillary Clinton from becoming president of these United States. He now has the responsibility and certainly the ability to unite this Grand Old Party and go on to victory. As a conservative, I will find common cause in this election because the possibility of a Clinton victory is unacceptable.


Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)
has said he would support the nominee.

Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee, and I intend to support him,'' said Wicker, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. "This election will determine the direction of the Supreme Court, the American military, and the future of our economy. The voters have spoken, and now is the time to unite.


Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS)
called for the party to unite behind Trump.

It is time that all Republicans, no matter their preferred candidate, unite behind Mr. Trump to take on Hillary Clinton.

Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) was co-chairman of his state’s campaign for Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) before he dropped out of the race, but said he’d support the nominee.

I will support the nominee of the party, knowing that America cannot endure a Hillary Clinton administration after suffering through eight years of a failed Obama Administration.

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) said in a statement that he would support the nominee, but did not mention Trump by name.

I will support our presidential nominee because electing Republicans, from the president to the local level, is the best way to promote our principles: individual liberty, strong national defense, secure borders and effective governance.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called for the party to unite behind the Republican nominee and later said that Trump would win his state.

Texas will robustly come up and support a campaign against Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump is going to win the state of Texas

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) said he wouldn't endorse anyone in the 2016 race but would support the GOP nominee. A spokesperson from his office confirmed:

Sen. (Richard) Shelby does not plan to endorse in the primary, but will support whoever wins the Republican nomination because any of our candidates will be better for America than Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) wouldn't say who he voted for in his state's primary, but told reporters in late February that he would support the nominee even as he criticized Trump.

I’m not saying I support everything he does. I don’t support everything any candidate does. But there’s certain things that are beyond the pale, right? Nobody should ever even remotely contemplate getting support from the KKK. It’s outrageous. It’s idiotic.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) once called Trump “our Mussolini,” but said the party should unite behind him.

While Mr. Trump wasn't my first choice, we must move forward and unite to defeat Hillary Clinton

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said she would support the nominee, even though she called Trump's statements "troubling."

I have always supported the Republican nominee for president. Elections are about choices and while Hillary Clinton is not my choice — with her clear record against Alaska’s priorities — Donald Trump has made numerous inappropriate statements in the past that are troubling. Now, he needs to shift his focus to unite Republicans around conservative policies that will bring economic growth and prosperity back to our nation.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) had held out on giving an endorsement, but his campaign manager said he would support the nominee:

The congressman has been clear that he will support the Republican nominee.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) said she would vote for Trump, but don't take that as an endorsement.

I’m going to be voting for him but I do have significant disagreements with him, which I've been very clear on, so I won't be endorsing him

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) said she would support the nominee, but said she was sorry to see Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) exit the race.

Whoever our nominee is coming out of the convention is who I’m going to support. That’s why I haven’t endorsed any one particular candidate, because I do want to see our party unified coming out of the election, and make a really good run for the fall election.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) had endorsed Jeb Bush, then Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), but vowed to help Trump if he was nominated.

It looks to me like he's going to win and if he does I'm going to do everything in my power to help him.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the election and ripped into Trump for refusing to denounce the endorsement of a white supremacist leader. But, Bentley said he would support the nominee — even if it was Trump.

We need someone who has the experience, and the demeanor, to be the president of the United States.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for the presidency, but said that she would support Trump as the nominee. She said she doesn't want to be his vice president.

I have great respect for the will of the people, and as I have always said, I will support the Republican nominee for president.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts had previously not endorsed anyone in the race, but said he would support the nominee.

I will support the nominee of our party, and it looks like the nominee is going to be Donald Trump

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval posted on Facebook that he would support Trump even if they don't agree on "every issue."

I have a tremendous amount of respect for Gov. Kasich and believe he would have been a great President. Now that he has dropped out of the race, I plan to vote for the presumptive nominee although it is no secret that we do not agree on every issue. Elections are about making choices and the Democratic nominee is simply not an option.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued a statement saying that he will support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.

I have committed to supporting the nominee chosen by Republican voters, and Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee is now on the verge of clinching that nomination

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who previously endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in the race, reiterated he would back the nominee without naming Trump.

I have said from the beginning that I would support the Republican nominee for president...I am confident the best person will be the Republican nominee.

Sen. Rob Portman's (R-OH) campaign manager, Corry Bliss, issued a statement saying that the senator will support the nominee:

As Rob has been saying for the past year, he intends to support the Republican nominee.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) said at a Tucson event Wednesday that he didn't want to talk about the recent news in the GOP primary but he still planned to support the nominee.

I’ve been pretty clear on this and I’ve said what I want to say and that I am going to support the Republican nominee for president.

Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) had declined to endorse Trump but said he’ll probably still vote for him in November. After Trump attacked a federal judge for his ethnicity, though, Flores said he would probably still vote for him.

I don't endorse people that bash judges -- based on his ethnic heritage.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told Arizona radio station KTAR on Thursday that he will back Trump as the nominee:

I’ve always said I would support the nominee of the party, the party of Ronald Reagan and Teddy Roosevelt. I have strong disagreements with Mr. Trump on a number of issues. I believe four years of Hillary Clinton will be an absolute disaster for this nation, as far as national security is concerned.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) told Arizona radio station KTAR on Thursday that he'll support Trump as well:

I’ve long said that I will support the Republican nominee because we cannot afford a third Obama-Clinton term.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said in March he would support Trump if he were nominated, though his camp said Friday will not attend the convention or endorse him formally.

I will support the Republican Party's nominee for president. I’ll do everything I can to work with that nominee.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said in a radio interview that he would back the nominee, which is probably going to be Trump.

I will be supporting the Republican nominee...And that looks like it’s going to be Donald Trump, so I will be supporting him."

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in early May that despite his “differences of opinion” with Trump, he will grudgingly support him.

Look, I've always said that I will support whoever becomes the Republican nominee, and that's what I will.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said in May that he will support the nominee when asked if he would back Trump:

We have always planned to support the nominee.

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) said he would support the nominee when asked in May if he would get behind Trump:

I support the ticket and I am running for re-election and supporting me. I want to help keep the majority in the Senate.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) remains a fierce critic of Donald Trump after battling against the New York mogul on the 2016 trail, but said in May that he will stick to the pledge he signed as a candidate.

I signed a pledge and said I would support the Republican nominee and that's what I intend to do.

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) said he would support the nominee when asked if he would back Trump on Capitol Hill in May:

I'm saying I'm gonna back the nominee of the party, but I've been out of this race the entire time and will continue to stay out of the race.

Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) has spoken out against Trump, but said he will support the GOP nominee.

Look, I'll support whoever the nominee is coming out of the convention.

Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) blasted Paul Ryan for not supporting Trump and said that he will support the GOP nominee

Ryan goes out on CNN and says it's Donald Trump's duty to unite the party. So Mr. Speaker, what's your job regarding unity?

Sen. Bill Cassidy, Sen. David Vitter, Rep. Ralph Abraham, Rep. Charles Boustany, Rep. John Fleming, and Rep. Steve Scalise, all (R-LA) signed a letter saying they would support Trump and called on other to do the same.

The Republican Party of Louisiana congratulates Donald Trump on becoming the presumptive Republican nominee. We urge all Republicans to now unite in order to defeat Hillary Clinton in November.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has been a longtime opponent of Trump, blasting him as early as 2012, but said he will support the nominee.

Donald Trump wasn’t my first choice but the people have the right to their choice and I intend to support the Republican nominee.

Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) said she will support the nominee, and is confident Trump can beat Hillary Clinton.

When you put Hillary against Trump, who is having some pretty good numbers out there on the campaign trail, he can certainly beat her.

Rep. Chuck Fleishmann (R-TN) said he will support the nominee.

That's what great about primaries. We go through a process. When we have a nominee, and it looks like we do in Donald Trump, I will be proud to support him like any candidate.

Rep. Phil Roe said he supports Trump because he is the presumptive nominee.

As I've said from the beginning, I will support our nominee. It's time for Republicans to unite, and I am enthusiastically supporting Donald Trump.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple is supporting Trump because he is the presumptive nominee.

I will be supporting the Republican nominee and that looks like it’s going to be Donald Trump, so I will be supporting him.

Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) has criticized Trump, but one of his advisors said he will support the nominee.

I can tell you that he is not endorsing in the presidential race and that he will support the nominee of the party.

Rep. Garrett Graves (R-LA) was left off of a letter Louisiana GOPers released supporting Trump but he has said separately he will support him as the nominee.

The stakes are too high to hand over the keys to the White House to another far-left Democrat.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) has been a very vocal critic of Trump and he hesitated, but said he’d support the nominee.

I have said I would vote for him if he is our nominee right now. It is a long way (to November).

Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) said he will support the nominee.

If you are a Republican, that's a pretty clear choice. You pick the Republican nominee who is Donald Trump by virtue of these primaries and you don't pick Hillary Clinton.

Rep. Michael Rogers (R-AL) said he will support the nominee, but he is not excited.

None of the current candidates would have been my first choice. That would have been Jeb Bush.

Rep. Ron Desantis (R-FL) has called for unity behind Trump because he is the nominee.

If we want to defeat Hillary Clinton and have a chance to change the trajectory of our country, we need to unite behind the Republican ticket this November.

Rep. Mario Diaz Balart (R-FL) will support the nominee.

My intention is to vote for the Republican nominee.

Rep. Curt Clawson (R-FL) will support the nominee.

As our party finalizes the nomination process, important policy decisions and a vice-presidential selection in the weeks ahead will go a long way to uniting our party.

Rep. John Mica (R-FL) said he will support the nominee.

I will support the Republican nominee.

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) will support the nominee.

The bottom line is the people selected him, it's a democracy. I'm going to support their wishes.

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) will support the nominee, according to an aide.

The congressman has said he will support the GOP nominee, whomever that may be.

Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) said he will support the nominee.

I will support the nominee

Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) said he will support Trump as the nominee.

He is our nominee and I support him and the Republican Party.

Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) will support the nominee and spoke out against Paul Ryan for not supporting Trump.

Trust me, I haven’t been on the Donald Trump bandwagon, but I will support him, and I disagree with Ryan’s comment.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will support the GOP nominee, though he knows some are less than thrilled.

I think we never get the candidate we exactly want unless you're the candidate.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) will support the nominee.

I’ll support the nominee and I’m going to presume it's Donald Trump.

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) said he will vote for the nominee.

If he becomes the nominee, and it’s between somebody who most of us think should be indicted, versus Donald Trump, it’s a no-brainer. I, for one, am gonna vote for Donald Trump.

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) said he will support the nominee but he’s not happy about it.

I did not think he was the best our party had to offer, and I also thought that he was our weakest candidate against Hillary Clinton. I can only pray desperately that I’m wrong.

Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) called Trump “a joke” in July, but said he will work with the next President no matter who they are.

Our democracy is the envy of the world because it is the only system that allows the people to truly pick their representatives and president.

Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) said he will support the nominee.

I don’t agree with him on everything, but I think our nation needs a change after eight years of the Obama Administration.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said in early May that he will "endorse the Republican nominee, and obviously it looks like that will be Mr. Trump." But Johnson later retreated, and said that he will support Trump, not endorse him:

I intend to support the Republican nominee. That’s what I’ve said. I intend to support the Republican nominee. ... To me, support versus endorse are two totally different things.

Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH) said he would support the GOP nominee and praised Trump for bringing new and “dormant” voters into the elections process.

Any time you're bringing more people to the table to engage in the political process in voting, in utilizing that privilege, I think it's a good thing for the country.

Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) said while he doesn’t agree with Trump on every issue, he can’t support “anti-coal” Clinton.

I'm hoping in the next three months he will announce who the Cabinet members might be in his administration, and I think this will make people feel better about him as President.

Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) was the chairman of Cruz’s campaign but has said he would support the nominee no matter what.

Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV) said he would support the nominee because “any Republican candidate” is better than a Clinton or Sanders presidency.

I will support the Republican nominee, assuming they don’t turn their back on the policies and priorities that are critical to West Virginia.

Sen. Shelley Capito (R-WV) has said she would support the nominee but wanted to press Trump for answers about his policy plans and his “brutal language” when the billionaire visited Capitol Hill.

I’m going to support Donald Trump, but the intensity of my support will be gauged on what I hear tomorrow and how he moves forward.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) was a vocal critic of Trump throughout the 2016 campaign but said he’d support him as the nominee.

Yes, I support Donald Trump, he won the nomination fair and square. I voted for Ted Cruz in the primary because he was the strongest anti-Trump candidate. I have no regrets on that.

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) previously supported Rubio, said Trump is “not my candidate” and called his proposed temporary ban on Muslim immigrant “un-American.” But earlier this month, she said when faced with a Clinton presidency, it’s critical she support the party’s nominee.

I don't always agree with Mr. Trump, but he is the presumptive nominee of our party and I will support him, because I believe in our vision for smaller government, a system that genuinely respects taxpayers, and greater freedom for all.

Rep. Daniel Donovan Jr. (R-NY) said he would back Trump, a “personal friend,” if he’s the nominee.

I will support the Republican nominee. I think it's very important...I disagree with Mr. Trump on many things he's said, I think many of them are divisive.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) pledged party unity in a statement to the Albany Times Union but shied away from mentioning Trump by name.

Like my Democratic opponent, I will support my party's nominee in the fall.

Rep. Stevan Pearce (R-NM) said in April that he will support the Republican nominee, even if Trump wins.

Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) has said he will support the nominee no matter what. A spokesperson for the senator said:

[A]s Senator Boozman has stated numerous times, he will support the Republican nominee.

Rep. French Hill (R-AR) will support the GOP nominee, no matter who wins, according to a spokesperson for the congressman.

Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) supports Trump as the nominee. A spokesperson for the congressman said:

Congressman Womack believe the Republican Party must rally around and support our nominee.

Rep. John Kline (R-MN) will support Trump as the nominee:

He's not my choice, but I'm going to support the nominee.

Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) will support the Republican nominee. A statement from his campaign reads:

Like a lot of voters, Erik has problems with both Trump and Clinton but expects to vote for the nominee.

Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) will support the nominee. A spokeswoman said:

Congressman Emmer has long said that regardless of who wins he would support the GOP Presidential nominee, and that stands as true today as it was when this race began.

Rep. Doug LaMalfa’s (R-CA) spokesman said the congressman will “support the nominee” and LaMalfa himself has said he would prefer Trump To Clinton:

Him or Hillary Clinton … I’ll vote for him.

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) has said that he will support the nominee, but will not endorse before the June primary in California.

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) said he will support the Republican presidential nominee no matter what:

I have always voted for the Republican nominee and will do so this year because a third term of the Obama-Clinton administration would be disastrous for Southern California families and our nation.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) will support the Republican presidential nominee.

Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) will support Trump as the nominee:

[W]e have to make sure we have a Republican in the White House.

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) will support the Republican presidential nominee.

Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) said in May he will support the Republican nominee.

Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) said in May that he will support but not endorse Trump as the nominee:

I have not endorsed Donald Trump, but I certainly will be supporting the Republican nominee.

Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) said he will support Trump as the nominee:

There’s still more that I’d like to hear from him on a few specific issues, but I am interested in working with or talking to any presidential candidate that wants to learn more about the challenges the people I represent face.

Rep. Robert Wittman (R-VA) said he will support the nominee in a statement:

As a public servant, I think that it’s critically important for the people to have the final say in choosing our party’s nominee. … I have maintained throughout this primary season that I will support that choice.

Rep. Robert Hurt (R-VA) said in April that he would support Trump as the GOP nominee:

If he's the republican nominee, I will. … I have some real concerns about a lot of the things that he has said. I think if that the majority of the Republicans in this country nominate a person then I will respect that because I am a Republican.

Mum's the word


Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) endorsed Chris Christie for the nominee and has not commented on whether he’ll support Trump.

Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ) has not commented on whether he’ll support Trump.

Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) said in March that he would note vote for Trump, but has not commented on the race since he emerged as the likely GOP nominee.

Rep. Walter Jones Jr. (R-NC) told Fox News in December that Trump was his “second choice” if Rand Paul dropped out of the race. He hasn’t commented on the race since Trump became the nominee.

Donald Trump is running strong in North Carolina because people are fed up of special interests and money buying policy.

Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC) made an early call in December that Trump would be the nominee. He hasn’t publicly commented on whether he’ll endorse or vote for him.

Trump is probably going to be president. I think he’s going to be the nominee, whether he’s president or not.

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) met with Trump during his Capitol Hill visit but has not commented on whether or not he will support him.

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) has said Trump’s candidacy is “for real” but has not endorsed him publicly.

Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) has not endorsed Trump publicly but said last year that as a prisoner of war, his comments mocking Sen. John McCain for being captured were a “slap in the face.”

Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) was Cruz’s first congressional endorsement for president, and has not publicly commented on whether he’d back Trump.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) offered no endorsement in the race thus far, but he has called Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from the U.S. “unconstitutional” and his border wall proposal “knee-jerk.”

Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) has not publicly commented on his support for Trump.

Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) has not publicly commented on his support for Trump.

Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) originally backed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and said in April that Trump’s comments about women gave her pause. She has not hinted whether she will get behind Trump as nominee.

Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) accused Trump of acting like an “8-year-old child’ and not being “a human being who I think we want to emulate” when he endorsed Cruz in March. He’s made no public comment on Trump since.

Rep. Bruce Boliquin (R-ME), who is engaged in a fiercely competitive race for his seat, has repeatedly refused to comment on his stance for Trump. In a closed-door meeting, he predicted Trump would win.

Trump’s going to win it all…Trump is not a policy person. I don’t know what half his policies are. He’s gonna say ‘We’re going in this direction. Poliquin, you fix this.’

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) declined to talk about Trump when asked in May:

Sometime in the next 24 hours I may do a total moratorium on any Trump questions in this building and just refer you to the office who knows how many times I've already answered the Trump questions.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) said he will wait to comment on the 2016 Republican race until a nominee is selected at the July convention.

At this point, weighing in on who I am going to vote for, I think, is a mistake for me or any other person. The reality is let the thing unfold. Let a nominee come forward from each respective party.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) will remain neutral in the 2016 presidential race and will not endorse Donald Trump.

“I’ve stayed out of the whole thing, and I’m going to continue to,” Snyder told the editorial board of The Detroit News. “I’ve got important things I want to work on in Michigan.”

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is a former chair of the Republican Governors Association, but he's been quiet about the presumptive nominee since his candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), dropped out of the race. In March, Haslam said Trump would need to make major policy changes to earn his support, citing his plan to ban Muslim immigration.

People who want to propose the really easy, simple things ... I don't think they understand the complexity of the problems or how serious the issues facing our country are.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) dodged a question on whether he will support Trump about a week after he dropped out of the race:

We’ll see what happens. ... We need to watch and see what the candidates say and do.

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) refused to say whether he would support Trump when asked on Capitol Hill in May:

So he still needs to unite the party and the nation.

Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN) is not seeking reelection, has not spoken about Trump.

Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) has not spoken out about Trump.

Robert Aderholt (R-AL) has not made his stance on Trump known.

Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) is retiring, endorsed Rubio and has not spoken on Trump.

Rep. Rich Nugent (R-FL) is retiring and has not weighed in on Trump.

Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) has not spoken out about Trump.

Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) has not spoken out on Trump.

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) has not spoken out on Trump.

Rep. Ed Barr (R-KY) has not spoken out on Trump.

Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) has not weighed in on Trump.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) has not publicly commented on supporting Trump as the presumptive nominee.

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) has not publicly commented on supporting Trump as the presumptive nominee.

Rep. Rick W. Allen (R-GA) has not publicly commented on supporting Trump as the presumptive nominee.

Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) has not publicly commented on supporting Trump as the presumptive nominee. Rep. Don Young (R-AK) has not publicly commented on supporting Trump as the presumptive nominee. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) has not publicly commented on supporting Trump as the presumptive nominee.

Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK) has not publicly commented on supporting Trump as the presumptive nominee.

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) has not publicly commented on supporting Trump as the presumptive nominee.

Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) has not publicly commented on supporting Trump as the presumptive nominee.

Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA) has not publicly commented on supporting Trump as the presumptive nominee. Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) once supported Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for the presidency and called Trump a “con man,” but has not recently commented publicly on whether he would support Trump as the nominee.

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) once called Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims “irresponsible” for the Republican Party, but has not recently commented publicly on whether he would support Trump as the nominee.

Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) endorsed Cruz but has not spoken out on Trump.

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) endorsed Cruz but has not weighed in on Trump.

Rep. Trent Kelly (R-MS) has not spoken out about Trump and did not return at least one newspaper’s request for comment.

Sen. Steve Daines’ (R-MT) spokesperson told the Great Falls Tribune he would not vote for Clinton, but declined to lend support to Trump.

Rep. Christopher Gibson (R-NY) has questioned whether Trump has the temperament to be President but hasn’t said if he would support the presumptive nominee.

Here’s the issue: I have concerns about giving that guy an army. As someone who served for 29 years, I have concerns given what I’ve heard to date about his temperament and the judgment he has.

Rep. John Katko (R-NY) said in a statement to Syracuse.com that Trump still has to earn his vote and he isn’t ready to fall in line to support the presumptive nominee.

Any candidate has to earn my vote, including Donald Trump. He has a lot of work to do in that regard. I'm concerned with some of the comments he's made, and with the general tone that he's taken.

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) has not publicly commented on whether he will support Trump as the nominee.

Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR) has not publicly commented on whether he will support Trump.

Rep. David Valdao (R-CA) has not said whether he will endorse Trump after originally backing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has not yet publicly address whether he will back Trump.

Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) has said he will not endorse in the primary:

Fuzzballs

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) dropped out of the race in late May. Though he said he has no plan to vote for Trump, he left the door open to doing so if the presumptive GOP nominee changes.

We'll see where it ends up. I'm not making a final decision yet but at this point I just can't do it.


Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) backed Cruz and said he cannot yet endorse Trump.

Obviously he espouses some very conservative values. I think like anyone running for office, the proof will be in the pudding.

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) has said he disagreed with Trump’s idea to build a wall between the United States and Mexico and said he had changed the election process.

Trump brings an interesting dynamic to the election process. He is rewriting the books on political campaigns. He is rewriting the books on political candidates. Trump is just saying what people think. My district voted for Trump, big, in the presidential primary. People are very supportive of him because they’re tired of what’s going in Washington, they’re tired of them saying they’re going to keep waves of refugees from coming in and don’t do it.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had previously said he would support the nominee and that Trump was better than Hillary Clinton in terms of taxes and government regulations. But Trump's attack on a federal judge's ethnicity seemed to change his mind a bit.

He's not yet the nominee. Officially that won't happen until the middle of July and so for me that's kind of the time frame that, in particular, I want to make sure he renounces what he says — at least in regards to this judge.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) once endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the presidency and said Republicans need to work with Trump if he’s the presumptive nominee. But, he fell short of saying he’d outright support Trump.

I really don’t know where he falls on the conservative scale because he’s been all over the board in the past year.

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) once said he could never support Trump, but said when he became the presumptive nominee that he thinks Republicans will rally behind Trump “sooner or later.”

I don’t know if we’ve yet gotten to a spot of placid and calm waters.

Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) has not explicitly said he’ll support the nominee. Here’s what his campaign strategist, Michael Fortney, said:

While Congressman Tipton has not supported everything Donald Trump has said or done, he believes that our country cannot afford a third Obama term.

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) said Trump’s campaign was “polarizing and divisive.”

Hillary Clinton is a non-starter and lacks the integrity to lead this nation, but Trump has a long way to go to earn the support of many — me included.

Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) didn’t say whether he would support the presumptive nominee.

I'm disappointed that Ted Cruz left the race because I believed he was the most conservative candidate. I look forward to Mr. Trump demonstrating that he supports limited government, free market principles, and family values. We must beat Hillary Clinton, whose agenda for America will limit our freedom and liberty.

Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) said he cannot fully get behind Trump yet, but hopes to do so soon.

I do believe there are some things about him that I could align with from a conservative basis. There are some things that I also have some questions about…. I hope “to be able to put 100 percent behind the presumptive nominee Mr. Donald Trump.

Sen. Daniel Coats (R-IN), a Rubio fan, has said he has “serious concerns” about Trump’s leadership and is waiting for him to become a more “responsible” candidate.

Obviously he's tapped into something here and he may be on his way to the presidency. I'm waiting for the responsible, calm, serious presidential Donald Trump to appear. He says that's going to happen -- we will see.

Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN), who endorsed Jeb Bush, has yet to endorse Trump but told the Indianapolis Star he expects to support him as the nominee.

As a husband, a father of two daughters and the son of a single-parent mother, I'm offended by much of Trump's rhetoric on women. As an American, I am offended by much of his rhetoric on race. Frankly, to win in the fall, I think his campaign needs to provide a substantive focus on jobs and national security and leave the rhetorical sideshow behind.

Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), who originally endorsed Jeb Bush, said in May that she could not yet get behind Trump.

There is also a great deal of work needed to heal the divisions caused by this campaign. I hope that healing can happen. I have reservations, not for him as the nominee but how that affects some members and other candidates. . . . I’m not endorsing at this point. I endorsed Jeb Bush. I’m not going to endorse again.

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), chair of the House Armed Services Committee, has called Trump’s foreign policy “careless” and warned that he could “provoke war.” He declined to endorse Trump in May.

I’m kind of like everybody else. I’m processing how fast this has moved in recent days and I’m going to have to figure out who to vote for in November based on who I think is best for the country. I am going to be listening to what the candidates say, seeing what moves they make to bring their parties together.

Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) has played defense in a heated reelection race by distancing himself from Trump. He maintains that aid he’ll vote for Trump as long as he changes his rhetoric and offers clear national security proposals.

Until the presumptive nominee shows he can respect women and minorities and presents a clear plan to protect our homeland, I am going to reserve my endorsement. I hope in the next seven months he can show this because I am not supporting Hillary Clinton.

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) said he will back Trump as long as he apologizes to Cruz for smearing him during the campaign.

I have adopted a call to unity, but the way to unity after you had Donald Trump lie repeatedly, and I mean heavens to betsy, accusing the most honorable guy in the race of all kinds of dishonesty. No. But and then yesterday, to finally win he goes after his father, says he helped Lee Harvey Oswald. I mean there’s an apology out.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) said Trump has “not yet earned” his vote.

I'm not simply going to say never because I do not want to empower Hillary Clinton. But at the same time, I believe Donald Trump has to earn my support by giving substantive answers on economic security and national security and upholding the tradition of social conservation, which is so important to me and many other people throughout the country.

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) declined to endorse Trump outright but said he could “do better than we’ve been doing” on balancing the federal budget.

I'm kind of excited that we might have an actual businessman in the White House.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has pointed to the many policy differences he has with Trump as the reason he has yet to endorse him. He called his first meeting with Trump in May “positive” but declined to offer his full support afterwards.

It’s very important that we don’t fake unifying, we don't pretend unification, that we truly and actually unify so we are full strength in the fall. I want to make sure that we really, truly understand each other.

Rep. Ryan Duffy (R-WI) originally backed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-TX), saying Trump “doesn’t have any ideas.” In May, he called Trump’s visit to the Hill a good first step at helping wary Republicans become familiar with the man and his policies.

No one really knows Donald Trump. And so this is a good meeting to start to build those relationships, build that trust and then start that process of unifying our party.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said in early May that he was unsure whether he would support Trump.

I hope to have the opportunity to talk to Mr.Trump and maybe vet him a little better and see what he thinks about Utah values and principles.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said she has always voted for the Republican nominee for president in the past, but wouldn't say whether she would support Trump.

Donald Trump has the opportunity to unite the party, but if he’s going to build that wall that he keeps talking about, he’s going to have to mend a lot of fences. He’s going to have stop with the gratuitous, personal insults.

Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) said he was unsure how he would vote in the general election if Trump was the nominee. Jolly had called on Trump to drop out of the race after he proposed a ban on Muslims from entering the country.

If you’re asking me in April my position on Donald Trump in November, I don’t know what Donald Trump is going to be standing for in November. And so I’m certainly not going to take a position five or six months out.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told Fox New's Neil Cavuto after Sen. Ted Cruz dropped out that he wouldn't commit to voting for Trump in the general election.

I want to support the nominee that's produced by the rules. He's the perspective nominee and I offer Donald Trump the next two-and-a-half months to sell to the rest of the Republicans his case. I want to hear it, my ears are open. I hope to be able to come together in Cleveland. But I think Donald Trump's got to do some outreach.

Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) has said he wants to wait until Trump officially earns the nomination. His spokesman, Lee Lonsberry said:

Essentially, he’ll never vote for Hillary, and he is reserving his formal support until a nominee is made official in Cleveland.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) campaigned for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in the 2016 election, but seemed to suggest he would support Trump as the nominee.

My prime goal is to make sure Hillary Clinton is not the next president of the United States. There's a lot to like about Donald Trump, but my job is also not to be the cheerleader for the president.

Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) said she was encouraged that Trump met with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), but that she wasn’t yet ready to support the candidate.

I think that it is an encouraging first step, but that's just what it is — it's just a first step. I believe that there is a long way to go … to see what type of president he would actually be. There's so much that we don't know yet.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has been critical of Trump's rhetoric before, but her spokesman also said through a statement that she would not vote for Hillary Clinton and would like to hear more about Trump's plans:

As the governor has said many times, she will not vote for Hillary Clinton. Period...That said, she wants to hear how Mr. Trump plans to address issues that directly affect New Mexicans — like how he plans to protect our labs and military bases and end the dysfunction in Washington that has hurt New Mexico more than any other state in the country.

Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) lambasted Trump’s comments on women, immigrants, veterans, and the Bush family. The former Republican National Committee Co-chair and US Ambassador to Luxembourg also criticized Trump for his lack of conservative principles, but said she could not support Clinton.

We will see. But he is going to have to earn my vote and prove that he is capable of stepping up to the leadership position of being the nominee of our party. I am going to take a thoughtful approach on this.

I believe in calling people to their highest and best, not their lowest and least. And Donald Trump’s slurs and attacks, not only do I find them not presidential, I just don’t even find them suitable in society.

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) said Trump still needed to earn her support:

"I’m like any voter, a candidate has to earn my vote, and at this time Donald Trump has not done so."

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) said Trump is not his first, second, third or fourth choice, but that he would “absolutely” not back Clinton.

So it is not the choice I had hoped to be presented with, but I guess this is where we are.

Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) is frustrated by the “brutal language” Trump uses and wants him to change his tone, though not his opinions. She said in May that she needs to meet with him to get specifics on how he’s going to “get America working” again before endorsing him.

I’m going to support Donald Trump, but the intensity of my support will be gauged on what I hear tomorrow and how he moves forward.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), one of Trump's harshest critics in Congress, has said he can't support Trump until he drops his “violent rhetoric” and “nonsensical foreign policy positions.”

I'm not comfortable and that's why I haven't endorsed him yet because I want to see some change. I don't know if I can ever get there. I obviously want to get there but it's on Donald Trump to get to do that.

Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) has not come out with an endorsement but has said GOPers should listen to Trump voters.

We should be sitting down talking to these people who have been carved out of the system. You know our party talks about a big tent -- these people built the tent, and we forgot and they are the people coming out to vote for Donald Trump.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) has said Trump would need to apologize for his comments about Hispanic people before she could support him.

I represent an immigrant-rich community. Many of us are not happy with those comments. Some don’t think that’s a problem. I do.

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) called him weak on policy but admires what Trump has done.

He has changed the face of politics in America.I got to give Trump credit for doing what he’s done.

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) has not formally put his support towards Trump but said he hopes Trump focuses on unity.

He has the personality, I hope he has the ability, to say this is a vision for the country.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) said she is not sure who she will support but it won’t be Hillary Clinton.

I'm keeping my powder dry. (I hope) I'll have some policy structure to sink my teeth into (soon).

Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA) still avoided backing Trump in late May even though the real estate mogul had become the presumptive nominee at that time:

We still got a convention. … And they are not going to cancel the convention, and he still hasn't gotten enough delegates. So until that happens, I think this is a moot point, I think this is something for sensationalism.

Rep. Pat Tiberi’s (R-OH) spokesman, Olivia Hnat, avoided saying whether Tiberi will support Trump in a May statement on the candidate:

Congressman Tiberi firmly believes that a positive and inclusive message will ultimately be our strongest ticket to the White House. … In the months ahead, he hopes to see a more policy-oriented and presidential approach from Trump.

Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) expressed his hope for Republicans to defeat Hillary Clinton when asked about Trump:

I’m working hard to advance policies in Congress that Hillary Clinton would work hard to destroy. … I believe you will see the House of Representatives set forth a positive agenda for all Americans that I expect would be embraced by Donald Trump and voters.

#NeverTrump

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker told reporters that Trump's comments about women, Muslims and religious freedom rendered him unfit to be president.
There are a number of issues that I disagree vehemently with Mr. Trump on, and I question whether he’s got the temperament to serve as president.

Some of the things he’s said about women, and about Muslims, and about religious freedom, I just can’t support.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) said he wouldn't vote for Trump even if he was the party's nominee.

If Trump becomes the Republican nominee my expectation is that I'll look for some 3rd candidate – a conservative option, a Constitutionalist

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) said in March that he would support Trump if he was the nominee. But, Trump's criticisms of the ethnicity of a federal judge who was presiding over cases against Trump University made Kirk reverse his stance.

While I oppose the Democratic nominee, Donald Trump's latest statements, in context with past attacks on Hispanics, women and the disabled like me, make it certain that I cannot and will not support my party's nominee for President regardless of the political impact on my candidacy or the Republican Party

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) had originally said he would not endorse anyone in the 2016 race, even after Trump became the last Republican standing, but more strongly said that Trump wouldn't be getting his vote.

I guess when I get behind the curtain I’ll have to figure it out. Maybe write someone in. I’m not sure.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) reportedly said he couldn't support Trump because of his proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S. and border wall between the United States and Mexico.

I can't see how I can if he continues to advocate those policies.

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) said that he would not vote for Trump because of his policies about women and "the Hispanic community," but that he is committed to "voting against Hillary Clinton."

I vehemently oppose our nominee and some of the comments and issues he brought up during the campaign.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) issued a statement on Friday saying that he will not back Trump, but that he also refuses to support Hillary Clinton:

As for me, I absolutely will not support Hillary Clinton for President. She represents the third term of Barack Obama, and our nation cannot afford to continue those failed policies at home or abroad. I also cannot in good conscience support Donald Trump because I do not believe he is a reliable Republican conservative nor has he displayed the judgment and temperament to serve as Commander in Chief.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said in May that he cannot support Trump yet:

I have not supported Donald Trump up to this point, I have not endorsed him. ... I have some concerns with him. He scares me to death; so does Hillary Clinton. There is no easy choice right now.

Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL) said he won’t support Trump or Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton and would write a name on the ballot.

Whether it be Mr. Trump’s comments about women, his comments about Muslims, his comments about Latinos, for me it was very personal his comments about POW’s. As you know my uncle was the second one shot in the Vietnam War, and for me these comments altogether are not about uniting a country. It’s quite the opposite.

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) has said he will not vote for Trump and may support a third-party, though some claim he said he may vote for Clinton. He said he can work with Trump though.

Whoever wins the next election, I’d be willing to work with, and I’d be willing to hold accountable.

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) who is retiring, said he’s been embarrassed by the rhetoric of the 2016 race and won’t vote Trump even if he’s the nominee.

This campaign is beneath the dignity of the American people. The debate has hurt this process. Our unwillingness to push back on the most mean-spirited, bigoted positions is hurting our party, and rightfully so.

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) said in March that he’s unable to support Trump:

I reject Trump as our nominee based on his judgment, temperament and character, all of which point to a reckless, embarrassing and ultimately dangerous presidency.

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) said in June that he will not endorse any candidate in the Republican presidential primary. Upton said of Trump's campaign so far:


We’ve got a long ways to go, but it seems to a lot of us that the train is off the track. We’ll see if he’s able to put it back on the track, I don’t know, but not a lot of happy campers in terms of how this race is proceeding so far.

Correction: A previous version of this article misidentified Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere as a Senator.

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