Rep. Amash endorses Cruz
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Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashRand Paul ramps up his alliance with Trump Ethics watchdog requests probe into Trump officials traveling to campaign events Kavanaugh’s views on privacy, Fourth Amendment should make Republicans think twice MORE (R-Mich.) is endorsing Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGrassley agrees to second Kavanaugh hearing after GOP members revolt FEC: Cruz campaign didn't violate rules with fundraising letter labeled ‘summons’ Cruz criticizes O'Rourke on Dallas shooting: Wish he wasn't 'so quick to always blame the police officer' MORE, giving the GOP contender a potential boost with libertarian-leaning supporters.

Amash, a strong backer of Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSome employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump says Dems inflated Puerto Rico death toll | House cancels Friday votes | Florence starts to hit coast The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Facing major hurricane, Trump is tested MORE before he ended his campaign this month, acknowledged Cruz wasn't his first choice but said Tuesday that he could be an "ally" to libertarians.

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"It’s easy to withdraw from politics when the positions and priorities of the candidates do not precisely mirror our own," Amash wrote in an op-ed published by the Independent Journal.

"But we owe it to our beliefs to find constitutional conservative political allies who not only respect our philosophy but also fight for our views to be heard," he added.

"Ted is not a libertarian and doesn’t claim to be. But he is a principled defender of the Constitution, a brilliant strategist and debater who can defeat the Democratic nominee in the general election, and the only remaining candidate I trust to take on what he correctly calls the Washington Cartel."

Amash's endorsement also comes ahead of Tuesday's Nevada Republican caucuses. A recent poll showed Trump up double digits, with Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioNYT says it was unfair on Haley curtain story Rubio defends Haley over curtains story: Example of media pushing bias House lawmakers urge top intel official to probe national security threat of doctored videos MORE slightly ahead of Cruz for second place.

The House Freedom Caucus member suggested Cruz, a former Supreme Court clerk, could be an asset as Republicans prepare to fight President Obama over replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Cruz is battling Rubio and Trump after taking third in South Carolina. He's tried to win over Paul supporters, even as the Kentucky senator says he doesn't have plans to endorse in the race.