Sen. Cory Gardner endorses Cruz
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Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerCoronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority From a Republican donor to Senate GOP: Remove marriage penalty or risk alienating voters The US military has options against China MORE (R-Colo.) is endorsing Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPat Fallon wins GOP nomination in race to succeed DNI Ratcliffe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline Wary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker MORE for president.

Gardner called Cruz "a fierce defender of the Constitution and a tireless advocate for conservative principles," according to a statement released by the Texas senator's campaign Wednesday. 

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"It’s time for Republicans to rally behind this campaign in order to put forth the best candidate to stop Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBlumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column Hillary Clinton touts student suspended over crowded hallway photo: 'John Lewis would be proud' MORE in November," said Gardner, who previously backed Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPPP application window closes after coronavirus talks deadlock  The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election US intelligence says Russia seeking to 'denigrate' Biden MORE (Fla.).

Gardner added he was "thrilled" to support Cruz.

Cruz said he was "honored" to have the support of the Gardner, who is the sixth senator to publicly back Cruz, joining Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischSenators blast Turkey's move to convert Hagia Sophia back into a mosque Progressive group backs Democratic challenger to Sen. Risch Republicans start bracing for shutdown fight in run-up to election MORE (R-Idaho), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSeveral GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Graham says he appreciates Trump orders, but 'would much prefer a congressional agreement' Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE (R-S.C.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Defense: Air Force general officially becomes first African American service chief | Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure | State Department's special envoy for Iran is departing the Trump administration Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Trump signs major conservation bill into law MORE (R-Utah), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.).

"I am honored to have Cory’s support and look forward to working together to continue to coalesce Republicans around this campaign," Cruz said in a statement.

The announcement comes amid speculation surrounding Cruz's plans to make a "major announcement" Wednesday afternoon in Indiana. Reports are indicating Cruz will announce his choice of Carly Fiorina to be his running mate. Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO, dropped her own White House bid earlier this year.

Cruz is hoping to deny GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE delegates in the Indiana primary next week after the businessman moved closer to locking up the GOP nomination by winning five Northeastern primaries Tuesday.