With just hours before the GOP Mississippi primary, constitutional conservative presidential candidate Ted Cruz has landed a key endorsement in the Magnolia State.
“It was a hard choice — I know so many of them,” Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, who received a whopping 67 percent of the vote in his recent election, said in announcing his endorsement for Ted Cruz. “They are good people…But I am also looking toward November and I think if Ted Cruz is nominated, he has a good opportunity to defeat the Democratic nominee,” Gov. Bryant said.
“It’s time for Republicans to join together and unite the party for the good of our state and our nation,” Bryant said in a statement. “I urge my fellow Mississippians to join me in standing behind Ted Cruz tomorrow.”
Bryant said that he liked Marco Rubio as well, but he believed that Cruz has proven to be a fighter against the establishment in both parties and that he was the best chance to win in November.
“I like Marco Rubio,” Bryant said. “I think he’s true at heart. I just had to make the decision on who I think has the best chance to win in November and who I liked best as a candidate and as a person. Ted Cruz has gone to Washington and showed courage and grit to stand up to things he disagrees with.”
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 7, 2016
Bryant, who is friends with former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has endorsed Ted Cruz, also weighed into his decision to support the Texas senator.
Governor Bryant met with Ted Cruz during a recent campaign stop in Mississippi and said that he was impressed with Cruz after spending time with him a couple of months ago at a Heritage Foundation event.
On Monday, an illness forced Cruz to cancel a campaign event in Mississippi, just one day after the horrific news that an Idaho pastor who introduced him at a campaign event on Saturday, was brutally and cowardly shot several times from behind.
“I am honored to have the support of Governor Bryant, who is committed to uniting conservatives across his state and the nation behind my campaign,” Cruz said in a statement on his website. “The people of Mississippi are fed up with the dysfunction in Washington and know this is the time for courageous conservatives to unite.”
Four primaries are up for grabs on Tuesday, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan and Mississippi. The latest Mississippi poll has Trump with a 24 percent lead over Cruz.
On Super Saturday, Cruz unexpectedly defeated Trump in two of the four states at hand, while receiving the majority of delegates up for grabs. Trump was widely predicted to sweep all four states on Saturday.
Ted Cruz also has the support of popular Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel, who would be a U.S. Senator if not for dirty tricks by RINO Senator Thad Cochran and the corrupt Mississippi Republican Party.