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New York lawmaker becomes first Republican in Congress to say he'll vote for Hillary Clinton

 (Los Angeles Times)
(Los Angeles Times)

A New York lawmaker became the first Republican member of Congress to say he will vote for Hillary Clinton, declaring that Donald Trump will only push the GOP to its extremes.

"I have long held the belief that the Republican Party is becoming increasingly less capable of nominating a person who is electable as president," Rep. Richard Hanna wrote in an op-ed. "The primary process is so geared toward the party's political base, which ignores the fact that we have largely alienated women, Hispanics, the LGBT community, young voters and many others in general."

Hanna represents a swing district in upstate New York and is retiring after three terms.

Hanna's announcement comes after a rough few days for Trump. The Republican nominee has been repeatedly lambasted for criticizing the parents of a fallen U.S. soldier. Hanna called Trump "a national embarrassment," adding that these latest comments, coupled with his attacks on Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) last year, make him unfit to be president.

"I do not expect perfection," Hanna wrote, "but I do require more than the embodiment of at least a short list of the seven deadly sins."

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