The Wall Street Journal: Hoosier State increasingly looks like Ted Cruz’s last stand

Sen. Ted Cruz, in a last-ditch effort to derail Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, is trying to marshal support from governors, former rivals and other anti-Trump Republicans in advance of the make-or-break primary in Indiana Tuesday.

With polls showing him lagging behind the New York businessman in the Hoosier State, the Texas senator talked up the somewhat equivocal support he received from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Friday.

Indiana Gov. Pence says he’ll vote for Cruz but commends Trump for giving ‘voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans.’

Pence said on an Indianapolis talk-radio show that he would vote for Cruz because he is “a principled conservative who has dedicated his career to advocating the Reagan agenda.” But then, Pence added, “I particularly want to commend Donald Trump, who I think has given voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans.”

Earlier this week, Cruz tried to coordinate strategy with his other remaining GOP presidential rival, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and took the extraordinary step of naming Carly Fiorina as his running mate a day after he lost to Trump by a landslide in primaries in five Northeastern states on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Cruz’s onetime rival, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, this week repeated his call for Republicans to vote for Cruz.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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