Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker backs Ted Cruz

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tipped his hat to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential primary. His state is the next to vote, holding its primary on April 5th.

“I just fundamentally believe that he’s a constitutional conservative,” he told conservative radio host Charles Sykes on WTMJ radio in Milwaukee.

“I just fundamentally believe … that Ted Cruz is the best position by far to win the nomination of the Republican Party and go on to beat Hillary Clinton,” Waker added.

Cruz is far behind Trump on the delegate race, needing 85 percent to win the nomination.

Walker was once one of the Republican presidential candidates considered a favorite to win the party’s nomination. But after just a few short weeks in the race,the governor in September abruptly dropped out amid financial woes. His financial fortune turned into misfortune as quickly as his poll numbers dropped. He hired too quickly and spent too much money and was unable to stay afloat in the crowded presidential field.

Walker has stayed out of the presidential limelight since his failed bid and instead focused on Wisconsin. But Cruz hopes his endorsement is beneficial. Cruz is in a tight race with Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the Badger State. Walker is a controversial governor there serving in his second term.

This story originally appeared on NBCNews.com

Scott Walker and Ted Cruz

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker backs Ted Cruz

Updated