WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Jeb Bush says he’s endorsing Ted Cruz for president.
Bush tweeted Wednesday that “Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has shown he can unite the party.”
“For the sake of our party and country, we must overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee, most likely Hillary Clinton, this fall,” Bush wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday.
Cruz won Utah’s Republican presidential caucus, and is on pace to take all of the state’s delegates by finishing with more than 50 percent of the vote.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich was running second, with GOP front-runner Donald Trump in third.
Cruz’s win follows endorsements in the last week from Utah. Gov. Gary Herbert and Mitt Romney, the GOP’s last presidential nominee who holds clout among the state’s predominantly Mormon voters.
Romney and Herbert backed the Texas senator in an effort to derail Trump’s path to victory.
Trump won the most delegates on Tuesday, picking up all 58 in Arizona’s Republican primary. Republicans also caucused Tuesday in American Samoa, where Trump and Cruz each picked up a delegate.
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