Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has endorsed Ted Cruz, just one week before voters head to the polls for the state’s Republican primary.
Walker said that he was “proud” to support Cruz during an interview with Wisconsin conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes, an anti-Trump Republican who hosted Donald Trump on his program Monday for a combative, often critical, interview.
In a series of tweets Tuesday morning, Walker explained his decision:
The former primary candidate, who has consistently bashed Trump, was widely expected to endorse Cruz before he made his official announcement. In a taped interview with Sykes that aired last week, Walker hinted at his coming endorsement: “If you’re someone who is uneasy with the front-runner right now, there’s really only one candidate,” he said. “Ted Cruz is the only one who’s got a chance other than Donald Trump to win the nomination statistically, and my friend Gov. [John] Kasich cannot.”
Trump, who previously called Wisconsin a “disaster” under Walker, already had a response to the expected endorsement Monday night.
While polling data is sparse for Wisconsin, Cruz seems to have nearly closed Trump’s lead in the state, according to Politico.