Republican U.S. presidential candidate Bush listens as Cruz speaks at the Republican U.S. presidential candidates debate sponsored by CBS News and the Republican National Committee in Greenville

Cruz clings to hope after Utah win, gets Jeb Bush support

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Bush listens as Cruz speaks at the Republican U.S. presidential candidates debate sponsored by CBS News and the Republican National Committee in GreenvilleBy Steve Holland and Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday clung to hopes of catching up on Republican front-runner Donald Trump after winning the Utah caucuses and receiving further backing from the party establishment which is desperate to stop the outspoken billionaire. Often shunned by party moderates because of his hawkish stance on fiscal issues, Cruz picked up an endorsement from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, an establishment Republican who was a candidate for the party’s nomination for the Nov. 8 presidential election until he dropped out last month. Cruz, a conservative U.S. senator from Texas, looked on track to win all of the 40 Republican delegates from Tuesday’s Utah contest, although Trump won the 58 delegates up for grabs in Arizona, partly due to his tough message on illegal immigration.

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