Along with the earned earlier endorsements of Arizona conservative congressmen David Schweikert , Trent Franks and Paul Gosar , constitutional conservative Ted Cruz received the long-awaited endorsement of Congressman Matt Salmon on Sunday, just two days ahead of the Arizona Primary on Tuesday, March 22.
“The 2016 election will be one of the most important of our time,” said Rep. Salmon in a statement, calling Cruz a “warrior for smaller government, more freedom, opportunity for all Americans, and conviction that life, no matter how nascent, must be protected and celebrated.”
“The future of our country, our security, and our way of life hang in the balance. We need a president that understands the myriad of global security challenges we face from ISIS to Iranian aggression to Russian and Chinese expansionism. Our next president must recognize, embrace, and empower the many Americans who have been left behind while the Obama Administration focused on growing government by sacrificing the middle class.
Our next president must be a warrior for smaller government, more freedom, opportunity for all Americans, and a conviction that life, no matter how nascent, must be protected and celebrated. Ted Cruz is such a warrior. He will fight to keep the American Dream alive, grow our economy for all Americans, and keep us safe here at home. I am proud to endorse him for President of the United States.”
Matt Salmon, who represents Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, is a former Arizona state senator who was re-elected to the U.S. Congress in 2012 after serving there from 1994-2000. He won re-election again in 2014, running unopposed in the primary, then easily defeating Democrat James Woods in the general election.
A favorite of the Tea Party who also co-founded the House Freedom Caucus, Matt Salmon was heavily recruited last year to run against RINO Arizona Senator John McCain. Last month Salmon announced that he was retiring to spend more time with his family.
Ted Cruz called Matt Salmon a “strong, principled conservative” who has “consistently fought for issues that are of the utmost importance to conservatives.”
“He has stood up against Washington’s burdensome regulations, fought to repeal Obamacare, and protect our First Amendment liberties,” Cruz said of Salmon. “He has spent his career fighting for the people of Arizona and all Americans. I am thrilled to have his support and look forward to having his help coalescing conservatives around our campaign.”
The latest Arizona poll shows bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump leading Ted Cruz in The Grand Canyon State, 31 percent to 19 percent. However, the poll was taken just prior to the suspension of the Marco Rubio campaign from the presidential race. Rubio had 10 percent in the poll and there are still 30 percent undecided as of March 11. RINO Ohio Governor John Kasich, who is mathematically eliminated from contention but yet continues to stay in the race, also received 10 percent.
A very significant 58, winner-take-all delegates are at stake in Arizona.
Utah will also hold its caucuses on Tuesday, where Cruz has a massive 42-point lead over John Kasich, who is in second place ahead of Donald Trump. Utah will award 40 delegates, with all of them going to a candidate with a majority of votes. If no majority is reached, delegates are split proportionately but candidates must reach 15 percent of the vote to win any delegates.
The current GOP delegate count, with 1,237 required to be the nominee, gives Trump a healthy lead over Cruz. Cruz wins in Arizona and Utah would take a big chunk in that lead.