New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday says she will endorse Marco Rubio for the GOP nomination, giving the Florida senator a badly needed piece of good news during a rough period of his campaign.
“Marco Rubio is a compelling leader who can unite the country around conservative principles that will improve the lives of all Americans,” she said in a statement. “The stakes for our great country are too high — and the differences between the candidates too great — for me to remain neutral in this race. I wholeheartedly trust Marco to keep us safe and ensure a better tomorrow.”
Martinez, often mentioned as a possible GOP vice presidential pick, plans to join Rubio on the trail in Kansas on Friday and at a rally in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday. Kansas holds its GOP presidential caucus on Saturday and Florida, Rubio’s must-win home state, votes March 15.