Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he is supporting Donald Trump for president.
The second-term Republican governor had endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz before Mississippi’s primary in March.
But, soon after Cruz ended his campaign Tuesday, Bryant issued a statement saying he is with the New York businessman, who has proclaimed that transgender people can use whatever bathroom they want.
Bryant says Trump has the responsibility and the ability to unite the Republican Party. Bryant also says the possibility of victory by Democrat Hillary Clinton is “unacceptable.”
In addition to Bryant, U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo announced his endorsement of Trump in a statement Tuesday shortly after Trump won the Indiana Republican primary.
Palazzo’s district covers Mississippi’s Gulf Coast and Pine Belt regions, including Gulfport, Biloxi and Hattiesburg.
Palazzo says Trump’s victory in Indiana cements his likely place as the Republican nominee. He says he will unconditionally support the Republican nominee in the November general election.
Palazzo says all Republicans should unite behind Trump because any Republican is better than Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Among other prominent Mississippi Republicans, U.S. Rep Gregg Harper endorsed John Kasich. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran had endorsed Jeb Bush before he dropped out.
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