GOP rep drops Rubio, endorses only Cruz
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Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksArizona GOP tinkers with election rules with an eye on McCain's seat More than 40 Dem House challengers outraising GOP incumbents Cook Political Report shifts seven House races toward Dems MORE (R-Ariz.), who last month announced his support for both Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz's Dem challenger slams Time piece praising Trump Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election 32 male senators back Senate women's calls to change harassment rules MORE and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioStudents gather outside White House after walkout to protest gun violence Overnight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes Senate confirms Trump’s pick to lead NASA MORE in the GOP presidential race, on Friday cast his support fully behind Cruz.

“Two weeks ago I urged Senators Cruz and Rubio to unite and present our Party with a combined ticket that would bring our conservative cause together in the primary election, and our nation together in the general election,” Franks said in a statement. 

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“While that did not happen, the results of the last two weeks make clear that the most reliable conservative with the best chance to win is Ted Cruz.”

Franks endorsed both men last month, calling for a joint Cruz-Rubio ticket but declining to say who he believed should be president.

“I call upon them to join forces and establish a joint ticket in pursuit of the Presidency and Vice Presidency of the United States and I whole heartedly endorse them both to that end," Franks said at the time.

But since then, Rubio has stumbled badly. The Florida senator faces judgment day in his home state of Florida on Tuesday, where he trails front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIG investigating Comey memos over classified information: report Overnight Defense: Congress poised for busy week on nominations, defense bill | Trump to deliver Naval Academy commencement speech | Trump administration appeals decision to block suspected combatant's transfer Top Pruitt aid requested backdate to resignation letter: report MORE badly.

Many believe if Rubio doesn’t win in Florida, he’ll bow out of the race.

Rubio's struggles seemed to weigh on Franks' decision to go with Cruz.

“He can win our party’s nomination and even more importantly, can beat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPaltry wage gains, rising deficits two key tax reform concerns Trump pressed Sessions to fire FBI agents who sent anti-Trump texts: report DNC sues Russia, Trump campaign and WikiLeaks over alleged election interference MORE in November,” Franks said. 

“Therefore I have cast my ballot for Ted and am now honored to endorse his campaign, encouraging all who believe in strong families, free-markets, and the Constitution, to similarly rally to this effort and vote for Ted as the next President of the United States.”