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Gov. Scott Walker endorses Ted Cruz

Gov. Scott Walker

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has formally endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz today, saying he is “a strong new leader” and “constitutional conservative.”

“I just fundamentally believe if you look at the facts, if you look at the numbers that Ted Cruz is the best positioned by far to both win the nomination of the Republican Party and to then go on and defeat Hillary Clinton in the fall this year,” Walker told conservative radio host Charlie Sykes on Newsradio 620 WTMJ today.

“After all these years of the Obama-Clinton failures, it’s time we elect a strong new leader and I’ve chosen to endorse Ted Cruz,” Walker added.
The endorsement could be a pivotal development ahead of Wisconsin’s April 5 primary, which is emerging as a key state for the remaining presidential contenders before the 2016 campaign heads east.

When Walker dropped out of the presidential race last September, he said he did so because he wanted to clear the field.

“I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field,” he said at a news conference last September.

Walker is expected to campaign with Cruz in Wisconsin, who is locked in a tight battle with Trump in the state.

Earlier this year according to a Marquette Law School poll, just 39 percent of Wisconsinites said they approved of the job Walker was doing; 55 percent disapproved.