Kirk withdraws his endorsement of Trump

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You can add U.S. Senator Mark Kirk to the list of Republicans who won’t be supporting Donald Trump for President. The Illinois Republican withdrew his previous endorsement, and said Tuesday that Trump’s recent comments about a federal judge of Mexican descent are “un-American”. U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel was born in East Chicago, Indiana.

Kirk is considered one the GOP’s most vulnerable incumbents, he faces a challenge this November from Democratic Representative Tammy Duckworth. On Monday, Duckworth accused Kirk of being complicit in Trump’s campaign of what she called “hate and division”.

Kirk has long been expected to try and appeal to moderate voters in Chicago’s suburbs. Earlier this week, The Center for Responsive Politics reported that GOP groups had spent less than a million-dollars on Kirk’s campaign, compared to 13-million in Ohio, six-million in New Hampshire, eight-million in Pennsylvania and four-million in Wisconsin on Republican Senate incumbents.