Romney to vote for Cruz in Utah caucuses

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meets with attendees at a Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich campaign stop on Monday, March 14, 2016, at Westerville Central High School in Westerville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (AP) — Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he will vote for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the upcoming caucuses in his home state of Utah.

Romney wrote on his Facebook page Friday that the contest is “between Trumpism and Republicanism,” referring to GOP front-runner Donald Trump, adding that billionaire businessman’s name has become associated with “racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, vulgarity and, most recently, threats and violence.”

Romney spoke at the University of Utah earlier this month, where he called Trump “a phony” who is “playing the American public for suckers.”

A number of Republican officials have shown their support for Cruz in recent days while falling short of endorsing the senator, who is currently in second place in the race for the GOP nomination.

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