GOP rep drops Rubio, endorses only Cruz
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Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksOn The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP Arizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems MORE (R-Ariz.), who last month announced his support for both Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz228 Republican lawmakers urge Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade GOP, Democrats battle over masks in House, Senate Human rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action MORE and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioBreak glass in case of emergency — but not for climate change Democrats join GOP in pressuring Biden over China, virus origins Senators introduce bipartisan bill to expand foreign aid partnerships 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 TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' 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 ClintonClintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote 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.”