Days before the important Wisconsin primary, the state’s governor Scott Walker has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz for president.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for President on Tuesday, throwing his support behind a former 2016 rival a week before his state’s Republican primary.
Walker made the endorsement during an appearance on a local radio station. He said in a radio interview last week that his views are more closely aligned with Cruz or Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and he said Cruz has the best chance of defeating front-runner Donald Trump.
“If you’re someone who is uneasy with the frontrunner, right now there’s really only one candidate—I think if you’re just looking at the numbers objectively, Ted Cruz, Sen. Cruz, is the only one who’s got a chance other than Donald Trump to win the nomination,” Walker said in the Wednesday interview on WTMJ’s Charlie Sykes Show. “Statistically, my friend Gov. Kasich can not.”
In that interview, Walker said he had spoken with each candidate, except Trump, multiple times since he dropped out of the race.
Trump made clear in a tweet Monday he wasn’t expecting to land Walker’s endorsement.
“After the way I beat Gov. Scott Walker (and Jeb, Rand, Marco and all others) in the Presidential Primaries, no way he would ever endorse me!” Trump tweeted. (H/T Business Insider)
Wisconsin polls suggest Cruz has been gaining in the state during the past month. He holds a narrow lead in two recent polls, compared to Trump’s double-digit lead over a month ago.
Wisconsin carries a prize of 42 delegates, though it is not winner take all.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]