The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Mark K. Matthews

wash­ing­ton » U.S. Rep. Ken Buck on Wed­nes­day be­came the first mem­ber of Colorado’s con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion to back U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for pres­i­dent — call­ing the Texas Repub­li­can (and fel­low Prince­ton alum) a “strong, con­ser­va­tive leader” who has “fought hard against the Wash­ing­ton es­tab­lish­ment.”

“We need Ted in 2016 in or­der to help re­store Amer­ica back to the prin­ci­ples that made this coun­try ex­cep­tional,” Buck said in a state­ment re­leased by the Cruz cam­paign.

The an­nounce­ment also noted that Buck, R-Wind­sor, would serve as Cruz’s Colorado chair­man. Said Cruz: Buck has “stood up and fought against Obama’s law­less­ness, worked to pro­tect life and mar­riage and to re­peal Oba­macare.”

With Buck now be­hind Cruz, that leaves two Repub­li­cans in the Colorado del­e­ga­tion who have yet to back any­one: Reps. Doug Lam­born of Colorado Springs and Scott Tip­ton of Cortez.

Pre­vi­ously, U.S. Sen. Marco Ru­bio, R-Fla., net­ted en­dorse­ments from U.S. Sen. Cory Gard­ner and U.S. Rep. Mike Coff­man of Aurora.

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