Hours after his huge victory in the New York Primary, Donald Trump has just earned the likely support of one of his top competitors, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
While not offering up a formal endorsement of the GOP frontrunner, Walker seems to have reversed course has he repeatedly stated the Republican Party must do everything within its power to stop Trump.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker now vows to support whoever the Republican Party puts forward as its nominee at July’s convention in Cleveland, even if that person is Donald Trump.
“I will support the Republican running against (Democratic front-runner) Hillary Clinton in the fall — whoever that is,” Walker told reporters Wednesday, according to a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Walker, while declining to name Trump specifically according to the report, called it “preferable to have a Republican nominee over Hillary Clinton.”
As a candidate, Walker had pledged to support the party’s nominee regardless of who it is. But on March 22, Walker was circumspect to reporters on whether he would support Trump as a nominee. A week later, Walker endorsed Ted Cruz ahead of his state’s April 5 primary, which the Texas senator won by double digits.
Walker said Wednesday that Cruz would win the nomination on the second or third ballot, echoing comments made to a local radio show last week in which he said it would take two.
Though Walker is bound to support Cruz as a delegate as long as he has 30 percent of the floor vote, the governor did not rule out switching his support at that time but suggested it as a long-shot.
“If Ted Cruz or Donald Trump . . . was below 30 percent of the floor vote, I think they would no longer seriously be in consideration,” Walker said, according to the report. “If it got to that point, I think everything’s up in the air.”
Given that Trump winning the nomination seems very likely at this point, Walker could just be trying to save face and not look disloyal to the Republican Party. Do you think Walker would formally endorse Trump? Let us know in the comments section below!
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