In a long-awaited but much-needed development for Ted Cruz, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott endorsed the Lone Star senator for president last night.
Cruz is a political protege of Abbott's, having served as Texas' solicitor general while Abbott was the attorney general. Abbott called Cruz "a Constitutionalist whose judgment I trust to appoint the right judges to the United States Supreme Court" in a video message.
"Conservative values are at his core. He's principled. He's fearless. And he has true conviction," Abbott said.
Watch the full video endorsement below:
Although an endorsement from Abbott was predictable, not netting it would have been catastrophic for Cruz. After scoring a big win in the Iowa caucuses, his campaign has been shut out in subsequent contests has been shut out by Donald Trump.
Cruz is now pinning his hopes to a big showing on Tuesday, March 1, dubbed "Super Tuesday" because 13 states are up for grabs. That includes Texas, where Cruz is still favored. A victory by Trump or rival Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida would be a disaster for the Cruz campaign.
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