Cruz Wins Support of Former Rubio Backers in Texas

Source: Texas Tribune | March 16, 2016 | Patrick Svitek

A day after Marco Rubio dropped out of the race for the White House, most of his top backers in Texas threw their support to Ted Cruz.

State Reps. James Frank of Wichita Falls and Jason Isaac of Dripping Springs, both Republicans, said Wednesday afternoon they plan to help out in whatever way possible to help elect Cruz, Texas’ junior U.S. senator.

“I’m definitely planning on backing Sen. Cruz at this point,” Frank said. “I think honestly both Rubio and Cruz are very similar on the vast majority of issues.”

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Five other Texas lawmakers — all Republicans in the Texas House — had publicly supported Rubio. Three said Wednesday that they are now also backing Cruz: Myra Crownover of Denton, Gilbert Peńa of Pasadena and Jason Villalba of Dallas. The remaining two — Patricia Harless of Spring and Rick Galindo of San Antonio — did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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