Two Texas papers endorse Rubio over Cruz
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio: McCabe 'should've been allowed to finish through the weekend' For Tillerson, bucking Trump became a job-killer At least six dead after pedestrian bridge collapses on cars in Florida 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 TrumpKoch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp Anti-abortion Dem wins primary fight Lipinski holds slim lead in tough Illinois primary fight MORE and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz says Cambridge Analytica assured him its practices were legal Dem battling Cruz in Texas: ‘I can understand how people think this is crazy’ Overnight Tech: Facebook faces crisis over Cambridge Analytica data | Lawmakers demand answers | What to watch for next | Day one of AT&T's merger trial | Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian 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.