Many have been speculating whether Scott Walker would make an endorsement prior to Wisconsin’s primary on April 5th.
Would he jump on the Donald Trump train? Would he go with the establishment’s reluctant favorite, John Kasich?
Nope. Scott Walker is going with Ted Cruz. And as a thrice elected governor in Wisconsin, Walker certainly carries a lot of weight with GOP voters.
Walker’s endorsement has the potential to shift the dynamic in the state, which has 42 delegates up for grabs. But Matt Mackowiak, a Republican strategist, told The Hill that the true effect will depend on how active Walker is in support of Cruz over the coming days.
“Walker’s endorsement would and should move dozens of state legislators — it’s the kind of thing that should really move numbers really quickly,” Mackowiak said ahead of the endorsement.
“If he endorses strongly, criticizes Trump, they get big media across the state and he brings his statewide organization with him, that would be hugely significant.”
Cruz is doing well in Wisconsin — the two most recent polls show him leading, albeit by a slim margin. This endorsement could prove to be critical in a must-win state for Cruz.
Jon Schweppe is Communications Director for the American Principles Project and can be followed on Twitter @JonSchweppe.