GOP rep drops Rubio, endorses only Cruz
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Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksArizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems Freedom Caucus members see openings in leadership MORE (R-Ariz.), who last month announced his support for both Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzIs this any way for NASA to build a lunar lander? GOP strategist predicts Biden will win nomination, cites fundraising strength 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 MORE and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads What the gun safety debate says about Washington Trump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China 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 TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? 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 ClintonThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces DHS cyber agency to prioritize election security, Chinese threats ABC chose a debate moderator who hates Trump 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.”