A couple days ago, Hillary Clinton earned the endorsement of U.S. Rep. David Price of the 4th district. Now, another member of the NC congressional delegation has chosen a candidate. This time the endorser is Rep. Mark Meadows, the anti-establishment congressman from the mountains, and the endorsee is Ted Cruz. Meadows made it official on the Greta Van Susteren show.

Meadows’ endorsement of Cruz is not a surprise. Meadows is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, and has attended several rallies with the Texas senator in the past. And while Cruz is not the most popular fellow among his fellow members of Congress, Meadows says that’s actually a strength.

Meadows, you might remember, played a key role in the ousting of John Boehner from the Speaker position. His endorsement of Cruz just ahead of the Iowa caucus lends the senator even more anti-establishment credibility.

In addition to saying kind words about Cruz, the Eleventh District congressman called the decision by frontrunner Donald Trump to skip tonight’s debate a “mistake.” That remains to be seen. The normal laws of political campaigns says skipping a debate just ahead of a competitive election is a bad thing. But who knows, maybe it will be a boost for Trump. Going forward, if the billionaire businessman wins Iowa by a convincing margin, Cruz’s path to victory erodes tremendously.

Here’s the updated endorsement list from our congressional delegation:

G.K. Butterfield – Hillary Clinton
Walter Jones – Rand Paul
David Price – Hillary Clinton
Patrick McHenry – Jeb Bush
Mark Meadows – Ted Cruz

You’ll notice most of our delegation hasn’t endorsed anybody. By the way – and this is totally irrelevant to the topic – it might not be a bad idea for Renee Ellmers to come out for Donald Trump or Ted Cruz right about now. Just saying.


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