National Review, one of the country’s leading conservative magazines, will endorse Ted Cruz on Friday in a blow to Marco Rubio after its top editors and publisher decided that the Texas senator is the only candidate left who can defeat Donald Trump, POLITICO has learned.
“Ted’s the only one with a plausible path to stopping Trump,” National Review editor Rich Lowry told POLITICO, “either by getting a majority himself or denying Trump a majority and finishing close behind and getting it to convention.”
The magazine’s opposition to Trump is not new. It published a special issue in January under the headline “Against Trump” ahead of the Iowa caucuses. But until Friday, it remained divided among the remaining choices, as both Cruz and Rubio have long been allies of the conservative movement.