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.
“[T]he Republican presidential campaign this year demands a stand: We recommend John Kasich in the Wisconsin Republican primary on April 5,” the board continued.
The board also condemned GOP rivals Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo On The Money — Biden stresses calm amid omicron fears 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 Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future 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.”