Two Texas papers endorse Rubio over Cruz
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio: Trump's remarks on Russian election meddling 'not accurate' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments Scottish beer company offering ‘tiny cans’ for Trump’s ‘tiny hands’ MORE (Fla.) has won the endorsement of two major Texas newspapers days ahead of the state’s presidential primary. 

The San Antonio Express-News lauded Rubio’s comparative experience over Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWisconsin GOP Senate candidate rips his own parents for donations to Dems The Memo: Trump leaves chaos in his wake in UK Beto O'Rourke is dominating Ted Cruz in enthusiasm and fundraising — but he's still headed for defeat MORE (Texas) in an editorial Thursday morning, bashing his rivals as “boorish, angry and divisive.”

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“In contrast, Rubio, 44, is a natural statesman. His rapid rise up the ladder in the Florida Legislature was singularly impressive, demonstrating an important ability to work well with colleagues to accomplish goals,” the paper wrote.

“He is a leader who is uniquely situated to unite older and younger generations of Republicans, inspire minority voters, and unite moderates and conservatives.”

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram followed suit, also endorsing Rubio on Thursday. It lauded his "unfailingly optimistic vision for moving the country forward."

"The current election cycle has been defined by anger and distrust. And while the young senator makes no bones about his belief that America is in decline, his message for the nation is hopeful and inclusive," the paper wrote. 

Cruz is leading a majority of polls in his home state, where a win is crucial if he is to have any hope of winning the GOP nomination. Some polls have suggested that Trump, the front-runner nationally, is closing the gap.

Texas will award 155 delegates — the second-most at stake in the country.

The Express-News initially backed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who ended his bid in South Carolina after a string of disappointing performances in primaries. 

The Dallas Morning News is backing Ohio Gov. John Kasich and the Houston Chronicle endorsed Bush’s bid before he dropped out. 

This story was updated at 7:32 p.m.