Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback endorses Rubio

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) on Monday endorsed Marco RubioMarco RubioVa. GOP delegate files lawsuit over bound convention votes The Hill's 12:30 Report Rubio Senate challenger drops out MORE’s presidential campaign.

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Rubio’s campaign made the announcement in a statement that described Brownback as “one of the most conservative governors in the country” who has been “one of the nation's strongest defenders of the unborn, limited government, and traditional values.”

"Marco Rubio is a true conservative who can unite the party and defeat Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonUK vote triggers talks with US Clinton stretches lead over Trump to 14 points in national poll Former Treasury Secretary Paulson will vote for Clinton MORE or Bernie SandersBernie SandersClinton warning about 'accessible' email adds fuel to controversy Dem convention co-chair: End superdelegates, caucuses Sanders: We are working with Clinton campaign MORE in the fall," Brownback, a former senator and congressman, said in a statement. "In the past, conservatives have been forced to make a choice between their head and their hearts. This year, we are fortunate to not have to make that choice.”

Brownback said Rubio has a “proven track record of protecting life, defending religious liberty, and undoing Obamacare.”

Rubio is averaging 20 percent support in national polls, behind front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUK vote triggers talks with US Clinton stretches lead over Trump to 14 points in national poll Aziz Ansari tells Trump to 'go f--- himself' over Muslim ban MORE and Ted CruzTed CruzVa. GOP delegate files lawsuit over bound convention votes Our most toxic export: American politick 'Never Trump' group ad compares Trump to Reagan MORE.

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