UPDATE: Sen. Ted Cruz posted a lengthy Facebook update, Friday afternoon, indicating “after many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience,” he will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, on Election Day. Read Cruz’s full post at the bottom of this article.
Texas senator and former presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is reportedly ready to announce his support for a presidential candidate.
Politico and CNN both report that multiple sources say Cruz will throw his support behind Donald Trump. It would be a major shift for Cruz, who refused to endorse Trump during the Republican National Convention this summer.
It’s not clear whether Cruz will simply say he’s voting for Trump or if he’ll offer a full endorsement of the GOP nominee.
“If he announces he endorses, it destroys his political brand,” said someone who had worked for Cruz’s campaign, according to Politico.
Cruz and Trump have not had the best relationship. Trump tweeted an unflattering photo of Cruz’s wife during the primary. He also would not denounce a conspiracy theory that Cruz’s father was somehow tied to the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy.
Cruz is under pressure to support Trump, as the senator may face a primary challenge in 2018 and will need support from his party.