While Donald Trump appears to be having difficulty gaining the support of some leaders in his own party, he's been able to win the backing of a group that's targeting a conservative – and often forgotten – bloc of voters in two key swing states.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has received the endorsement of Amish PAC, the first Super PAC dedicated to get "plain voters" (Amish) to the polls – a target audience that largely shuns modern forms of technology and is completely unreachable by the internet and television political advertising that define the 2016 election cycle.
"We plan to primarily reach them by the more traditional advertising methods of newspaper and billboard advertisement. There are some circulations that most Amish people get," says PAC spokesman Ben King.
King says the target groups are primarily in Ohio and Pennsylvania, which have about 60,000 Amish residents each – and he believes the 2016 presidential election is likely to come down to just a few thousand votes in either state or both.
According to King, Amish PAC's get-out-the-vote campaign is specifically tailored to potential Amish and Mennonite voters – and that, he adds, could spell very bad news for Hillary Clinton. He says when Amish folks vote, they vote on the opposite side of Clinton and the Democrats on key issues.
"Same-sex marriage, abortion, Second Amendment rights – you go down the list," he tells OneNewsNow. "They are a very, very conservative group of people and align themselves much better with the Republican Party."
Tepid support among some GOP leaders
So if the Amish/Mennonite vote can be attracted to jump on the "Trump Train," why can't some of the established Republican leaders on Capitol Hill do likewise? That's something that frustrates conservative activist Gary Bauer, chairman of the Campaign for Working Families.
"I don't understand elected Republican officials showing more passion and giving more time and spending more political capital attacking their own party's nominee than they do the Democratic candidate, who will spend every moment that she's in office doing what Barack Obama has done to them for the last eight years," he shares.
Bauer suggests if GOP leaders feel compelled to say something negative about Trump, they should first launch an attack on Hillary Clinton to at least remind others that they are Republicans.
As the 2016 Republican National Convention draws closer, many establishment Republicans continue to show either tepid support for the presumptive nominee or outright refusal to back him. House Speaker Paul Ryan falls into the tepid camp, while Ohio Governor John Kasich has steadfastly refused to endorse Trump.