After locking down Mike Lee and being able to trumpet the vote of Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz has locked down another of the biggest names in the State of Utah. Today, Utah governor Gary Herbert announced via his Facebook page that he is endorsing and voting for Ted Cruz tomorrow.
From the announcement:
I am announcing today that I will join Mitt Romney in casting my ballot tomorrow night for Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Tomorrow night, Utah will award 40 delegates to the Republican National Convention. If one of the Republican candidates can receive more than 50 percent of the vote, that candidate will receive all of Utah’s 40 delegates.
Ted Cruz is a consistent conservative who understands the importance of federalism. I’m confident he will work to limit the federal government when it comes to education, public lands and other issues where states can do better than the federal government.
Utah is no longer considered a flyover state. For the first time in recent memory, Utah voters will play a critical role in the presidential nominating contest. With one vacancy and possibly more on the U.S. Supreme Court, it is essential we have a president who will nominate a strong conservative to the court who will use the Constitution as his or her guide.
Cruz’s goal at this point has to be to run up 50% of the vote, to deny Donald Trump a single delegate. As of this moment, the only real obstacle standing in his way is John Kasich, but it looks like he might overcome even that.