Cruz Looks to Pull Ahead in Wisconsin With Governor’s Endorsement

Scott Walker announces endorsement a week before contentious primary.
March 29, 2016 Updated: April 3, 2016

Scott Walker endorsed Ted Cruz on March 29 one week before the Wisconsin primary on April 5. Walker announced his endorsement during a Milwaukee radio show, and on Twitter, calling Cruz “the best-positioned candidate to win the Republican nomination.”

The Republican Governor made a short-lived bid for the presidency before dropping out in September. Donald Trump, who claims responsibility for Walker’s quick exit from the race, anticipated the endorsement:

After the way I beat Gov. Scott Walker (and Jeb, Rand, Marco and all others) in the Presidential Primaries, no way he would ever endorse me!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2016

Wisconsin is a contentious battleground state between Trump, Cruz, and Kasich, with recent polls showing a dead heat between the three—31 percent for Trump, 29 percent for Kasich, and 27 percent for Cruz. Other polls have shown a slight lead for Cruz.

Upon receiving the endorsement, Cruz took to Twitter welcoming it: 

I’m honored to earn the endorsement of Gov. @ScottWalker​:

Help us #CruzToVictory:

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 29, 2016

Wisconsin is a winner-takes-all state with its 42 delegates only going to the winner of the primary.

Cruz needs to keep as many delegates as possible from going to Trump in order to force a contested convention, during which he can make the argument that he’s the best candidate to represent the Republican party.

Winning in Wisconsin would improve that argument, in preparation for July.