George Pataki, former governor of New York, leaves the stage after speaking during the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, May 16, 2015.
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George Pataki backs Marco Rubio’s 2016 bid

Onetime presidential candidate and former New York governor George Pataki has endorsed Marco Rubio ‘s 2016 bid.

Pataki, who dropped out of the 2016 race in December, made the announcement on FOX News and on Twitter.

Pataki failed to gain traction during his own presidential bid, polling only in the low single digits and consistently missing the threshold for participation in primetime GOP primary debates.

The New York Republican on Tuesday called Rubio “the best person to bring us together.”

Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl also endorsed Rubio earlier this week.

Pataki’s announcement comes one day after former Texas governor Rick Perry, another former 2016 hopeful, endorsed Ted Cruz as the next commander-in-chief. Perry will campaign with Cruz in Iowa this week. 

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