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Connie Morella endorses Hillary Clinton

Connie Morella, a former Republican congresswoman from Maryland, endorsed Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign on Wednesday, the latest GOP figure to either back the Democratic nominee directly or beg off Donald Trump.

Morella, a centrist Republican who represented the state's 8th Congressional District from 1987 to 2003, urged fellow Republicans to "look at the choice before them."

"Hillary Clinton has the knowledge, the experience, and the commitment to lead our country as president and commander in chief," Morella said in a statement released by the Clinton campaign. "Unlike her opponent, she will not divide, bully, or dismiss us."

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Morella, a former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, was included on a longer list of Republicans and independents backing Clinton. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, also a Republican, has said he will not support Trump, though most Republicans in the state are standing behind the party's nominee.

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