Wisconsin’s largest daily newspaper endorsed GOP presidential candidate John Kasich one week ahead of the state's primary.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s editorial board, which noted that it usually doesn’t endorse, highlighted the Ohio governor’s response to last week’s terrorist attack in Brussels.
“Kasich had a smart, pragmatic answer. He is, in fact, the only thoughtful candidate with a fundamental belief in long-standing democratic principles who remains standing in the GOP primary field,” the board wrote.
The board also condemned GOP rivals Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWATCH LIVE: Trump speaks at Maine rally Johnson takes advantage of FBI review: Voters have a third option How Republicans can move past Trump’s politics of personal ambition MORE and Ted CruzTed CruzTrump knocks Kasich for breaking pledge Democrats pounce on Cruz's Supreme Court comments Brent Budowsky: An epic battle for the future of Congress MORE’s on their response to Brussels.
Cruz called on the country to monitor Muslim neighborhoods. Trump reiterated his call to ban Muslims from entering the United States and said he would have closed the border after the attack.
The editorial board also touted Kasich for “conservative ideas centered on fiscal responsibility” and praised his decision to accept additional Medicaid funding.
Kasich trails both Trump and Cruz in Wisconsin polls, but he’s still making a play for the Badger State, which will award 42 delegates.
Earlier on Tuesday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who dropped out of the race last year, threw his support behind Cruz.
Kasich, though, opened two offices in the state last week and is spending the week campaigning there.
He's considered a longshot and cannot mathematically win the GOP nomination outright.
He lags far behind in delegates and has angered some Republicans who see his candidacy as futile and fear it is helping Donald Trump.
But Kasich's campaign argues that he'll perform well in upcoming primary contests and several recent polls show him as the only candidate still in the race who can beat Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonWATCH LIVE: Trump speaks at Maine rally Johnson takes advantage of FBI review: Voters have a third option Biden: No interest in serving in Clinton's cabinet MORE in a general election match-up.
“Kasich is the only GOP candidate who consistently outpolls Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head matchup,” the board wrote. “He was up 6.5 percentage points on Clinton in the latest sounding taken by Real Clear Politics.”