Former California Gov. Pete Wilson has endorsed Republican presidential hopeful Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP strategist predicts Biden will win nomination, cites fundraising strength 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters MORE ahead of the state’s crucial primary in June.

Calling Cruz the strong Republican leader the party needs, Wilson announced his support at the California GOP convention Saturday.

“I am here to announce to you my wholehearted endorsement and my wholehearted support of that winning Republican leader who will be the next president of the United States: Ted Cruz,” Wilson said.

The endorsement comes as Cruz continues to trail front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE in the state’s GOP primary by double digits.

A RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Trump leading Cruz 46 percent to 28 percent.