Former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush endorsed Ted Cruz Wednesday, calling him a “consistent, principled conservative”:
Bush, who ended his own campaign last month, said Cruz has “has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests.”
“Washington is broken, and the only way Republicans can hope to win back the White House and put our nation on a better path is to support a nominee who can articulate how conservative policies will help people rise up and reach their full potential,” the former Florida governor said.
Bush called on Republicans to “overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity has brought to the political arena” or risk losing the White House.
“To win, Republicans need to make this election about proposing solutions to the many challenges we face, and I believe that we should vote for Ted as he will do just that,” Bush added.
On Fox News, Cruz called the endorsement “tremendously important” and said that it’s further indication Republicans are “unifying” behind his campaign.
Poll results, however, tell a different story. Cruz won Utah in a landslide on Tuesday, taking 69.2% of the vote and all 40 delegates. But frontrunner Donald Trump won Arizona with 47.1% of the vote, earning another 58 delegates. Trump now has a commanding +274 delegate lead over Cruz, with 944 delegates remaining.