As the primary season begins to wind down, Indiana has become a must-win situation for Ted Cruz. Without a victory there, it’s practically impossible to stop Donald Trump. Looking beyond the surface, it’s worthwhile to say this is also the last chance for the Republican establishment to stop Trump as well.
In an effort to gain momentum in the state, all three Republicans courted Governor Mike Pence for his endorsement. In the end, the Governor did in fact endorse Cruz, but it was a bit half-hearted and not fully committed. In fact, he complimented Trump at the same time. "Now, I have met with all three of the candidates as of about Tuesday of this week. And I want to say, I like and respect all three of the Republican candidates in the field. I particularly want to commend Donald Trump, who I think has given voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans with a lack of progress in Washington, D.C. And I'm also particularly grateful that Donald Trump has taken a strong stand for Hoosier jobs when we saw jobs in the Carrier company abruptly announce leaving Indiana not for another state but for Mexico. I'm grateful for his voice in the national debate.”
After providing that perspective, he did reveal his endorsement of Cruz. “Let me say, I've come to my decision about who I'm supporting and I'm not against anybody, but I will be voting for Ted Cruz in the upcoming Republican primary." Pence explained that he will fully support whoever is the Republican nominee, so the endorsement is not a particularly strong one. We’ll see if it’s enough to help Cruz in the state.