Gov. Bryant urges Republicans to unite behind Donald Trump

Gov. Bryant urges Republicans to unite behind Donald Trump

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, who previously endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz in the race for President, is now throwing his support behind likely GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Bryant issued a statement shortly after Cruz announced he was suspending his campaign, following a double-digit loss in Indiana's GOP primary on Tuesday.

"Tonight, Sen. Ted Cruz ended his hard-fought run for the Republican nomination for president," said Bryant. "I congratulate him on his effort. I believe he is a true patriot and admire his stand. He will continue his conservative mission for a better America."

Bryant endorsed Cruz on the eve of Mississippi's primary in March. At the time, Bryant said a Cruz nomination would be the best way to unite the Republican party.

But with Cruz now out of the race, and Trump moving closer to clinching the GOP nomination, Bryant said it's time for Republicans to rally behind Trump's campaign.

"I will support Donald Trump to stop Hillary Clinton from becoming president of these United States. He now has the responsibility and certainly the ability to unite this Grand Old Party and go on to victory. As a conservative, I will find common cause in this election because the possibility of a Clinton victory is unacceptable. We now join together," said Bryant in a statement.

Just hours before Bryant issued his statement, Mississippi's 4th District Congressman Steven Palazzo also endorsed Trump for President.

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