Two Texas papers endorse Rubio over Cruz
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRyan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Richard Gere welcomes lawmakers' words of support for Tibet Dem lawmaker gives McConnell's tax reform op-ed a failing grade 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 TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE (Texas) in an editorial Thursday morning, bashing his rivals as “boorish, angry and divisive.”

“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.