Rubio Picks Up Endorsements After Bush Ends Campaign

February 22, 2016, 8:41 PM UTC
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The end of Jeb Bush’s campaign led to a flurry of big-name Republican endorsements over the weekend.

After the former Florida Governor left the GOP primary, a number of big names weighed in, with Bush’s former protege, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, by far the clear winner.

The most notable endorsement came from former Republican presidential candidate and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, who previously backed Bush and has made clear that he does not want to see Texas Sen. Ted Cruz win the nomination.

“Now that my good friend Jeb Bush is no longer running, I’m supporting Rubio,” Dole told ABC on Monday. “He wants to grow the party as opposed to [Ted] Cruz. I don’t know what he wants to grow.”

Other endorsements Monday for Rubio included U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis and Jeff Flake, former Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Reps. Jeff Miller, Gus Bilirakis and Crescent Hardy.

Meantime, former Homeland Security head and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, who had previously backed Bush, endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

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