Report: Cruz to Announce Fiorina as Prospective Running Mate

Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina / AP
Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina / AP
April 27, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) is expected to announce Wednesday afternoon that Carly Fiorina will be his running mate should he capture the Republican nomination for president, according to a report.

WMUR, a local New Hampshire publication, reported that Cruz plans to announce Wednesday during remarks from Indiana that Fiorina, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race in February and later endorsed Cruz, has agreed to be his running mate.

The development followed reports earlier this week that the Cruz campaign has been vetting Fiorina as a possible choice for vice president.

The announcement will come the day after GOP frontrunner Donald Trump swept five states in the so-called "Acela primary," solidifying his path to the nomination. Trump’s strong victories appeared to quiet suspicions that the business mogul might not win the 1,237 delegates necessary to capture the nomination outright, which would result in a brokered convention in July.

Cruz’s selection of Fiorina as a prospective running mate could help him in upcoming primary contests, including the key winner-take-most primary of California in June. Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO, unsuccessfully ran to represent California in the U.S. Senate in 2010.

Following Tuesday’s contests, Cruz is looking ahead to Indiana, a state that he has a chance of winning. The Texas senator is within about 6 percentage points of Trump in the state, according to an average of polls provided by Real Clear Politics

Cruz will speak at an event in Indiana at 4 p.m. EST.