Texas newspaper endorses Kasich over Cruz
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The Dallas Morning News on Friday endorsed Republican presidential candidate John Kasich over home-state rival Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzIncoming Dem lawmaker from Texas says Nielsen should be replaced as DHS chief Election Countdown: Lawsuits fly in Florida recount fight | Nelson pushes to extend deadline | Judge says Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act | Biden, Sanders lead 2020 Dem field in poll | Bloomberg to decide on 2020 by February Poll: Biden and Sanders lead 2020 Dem field, followed by Beto O'Rourke MORE for the GOP nomination. 

"As much as we’d like to see a Texan in the White House, we fear that Cruz’s brand of politics is more about disruption than governing and threatens to take the Republican Party to a dark place," editorial members of the influential Texas newspaper wrote.

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"As we’ve written before, continuing obstructionist paths might excite primary voters, but it won’t benefit the nation or the conservative cause," they added.
 
Editors of the Dallas Morning News wrote that state-level public servants like Kasich "forged practical, even imaginative, ways to help their citizens lead safer, more stable and prosperous lives."
 
"That’s a sharp contrast to what GOP presidential front-runners Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDeath toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 48: authorities Graham backs bill to protect Mueller Denham loses GOP seat in California MORE and Ted Cruz are offering," the editors wrote, referencing the candidates who won New Hampshire and Iowa, respectively.

"John Kasich of Ohio is one of those pragmatic leaders, a Republican who — to his own present detriment, perhaps, but to the benefit of his constituents — shows more interest in actually governing than in partisan theatrics," the newspaper added.
 
The Morning News editorial board praised Kasich's "get things done" bona fides in Ohio, mentioning closing a budget shortfall and overseeing a sharp drop in unemployment, as well as his efforts in Congress to balance the federal budget. They also credited his moderate positions on immigration and Medicaid.
 
"While other GOP establishment opponents, for instance former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioJeb Bush calls for Broward County official to be removed from post Florida Dem rep: Scott is 'spinning conspiracy theories' Gillum retracts concession in Florida governor's race MORE, have rewritten parts of their résumés, the center-right Kasich hasn’t been cowed by the farthest-right reaches of the party into doing anything of the sort," the editorial reads.
 
Texas holds its primary March 1.