Governor Abbott endorses Ted Cruz for president

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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks in Washington. Donald Trump will be standing at center stage, but Cruz will be in the spotlight during Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate. The Texas senator is challenging Trump’s lead in Iowa, and has the money, campaign infrastructure and conservative appeal to compete deep into the GOP primary season. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Governor’s office just confirmed to KXAN that Governor Greg Abbott is backing Texas Senator Ted Cruz for president.

Abbott is planning on making the official announcement this afternoon in Houston. His endorsement was first posted in a YouTube video on Cruz’s website.

“It is our duty to as Texas conservatives to support a leader we can trust to restore our values. That’s why I am supporting Ted Cruz for president,” said Abbott.

This latest endorsement comes as the GOP candidates get ready for the debate Feb. 25. Current polls show Cruz is leading the pack in Texas.

Abbott will make his official announcement today at 1 p.m. in Houston.

KXAN’s Political Reporter Phil Prazan will be in Houston and have a LIVE report from the Cruz campaign on KXAN News at 6 p.m. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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