Republican Mayor Drops Donald Trump for Joe Biden in Key Swing State of Michigan

With Tuesday's Democratic primaries hours away, former Vice President Joe Biden has found an unexpected supporter in Sterling Heights, Michigan Mayor Michael Taylor, a Republican.

"Since announcing my endorsement of Joe Biden I have received an outpouring of encouraging messages and believe even more strongly that Joe Biden is the candidate who can defeat Donald Trump in Macomb County and the State of Michigan," Taylor said in a statement to Newsweek on Monday.

While Taylor, a life-long Republican, voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, he said he would cast his ballot for Biden this year because Trump is "deranged."

"I think Joe Biden is the candidate who can unify all of the Democrats and he's the candidate who can appeal to moderates and Republicans like me who don't want to see four more years of President Trump," Taylor said, according to the Chicago Tribune on Monday.

"I remember thinking this Trump thing is insane, but when it was down to him and Hillary, I kind of said, 'Well, you are a Republican, and yeah he's nuts, but maybe he'll get better and you know he's going to lower taxes," Taylor said. "I slowly talked myself into it. 'He can't seriously be this deranged once he gets in there,' and he's even more deranged now than I thought then. So, I take the blame. I voted for him."

Sterling Heights lies within Macomb County, Michigan. During the 2016 presidential election, Trump won Macomb County by roughly 54 percent. Trump's opponent Hillary Clinton received 42 percent of the popular vote.

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to supporters during a campaign stop in Flint, Michigan on Monday. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

Biden holds a wide lead over his progressive rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, in Michigan, according to recent polling from the Monmouth University Polling Institute. Biden has 51 percent of support from Michigan Democrats while Sanders has 36 percent. Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard, the only other remaining Democratic candidate for president, garnered one percent of Michigan voters' support.

Biden's campaign has been steadily gaining ground after his victories on Super Tuesday and endorsements from high-profile Democrats, including former presidential candidates New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and California Senator Kamala Harris.

Booker publicly announced his endorsement of Biden in a Monday tweet saying, "The answer to hatred & division is to reignite our spirit of common purpose."

"@JoeBiden won't only win--he'll show there's more that unites us than divides us," Booker continued. "He'll restore honor to the Oval Office and tackle our most pressing challenges. That's why I'm proud to endorse Joe."

".@JoeBiden has served our country with dignity and we need him now more than ever," Harris tweeted Sunday in her endorsement of Biden. "I will do everything in my power to help elect him the next President of the United States."

Both Booker and Harris were expected to appear alongside Biden at a Detroit campaign rally Monday.

Sanders has not downplayed how crucial Michigan is to his campaign, telling reporters Friday that "every state is terribly important and I think coming Tuesday, maybe Michigan is the most important state."

Along with Michigan, the states of Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri and Washington are also scheduled to hold their primaries Tuesday. North Dakota is expected to hold its Democratic caucus on the same day.

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