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May 25, 2017

A group of conservative Hispanics have thrown their support behind Marco Rubio and are asking other candidates to get out of the 2016 presidential race and back him too.

“Not only did we endorse Marco Rubio, we called on Ben Carson, Gov. [John] Kasich and Sen. [Ted] Cruz to drop out of the race and rally behind Marco,” Alfonso Aguilar, president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles and a former official in the George W. Bush administration, told POLITICO on Friday.

“We think that Rubio can win the nomination, but we have too many candidates, and [Donald] Trump’s winning by default, and if they get out and rally behind Marco,” Rubio can beat Trump, he said. Rubio has the best chance of winning the general election, he added.
According to a statement, other conservative Hispanics backing Rubio include Massey Villarreal, co-chair of the Hispanic Conservative Roundtable and former chair of the National Republican Hispanic Assembly and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; the Rev. Tony Suarez, executive vice president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; and dozens of representatives from other organizations.

Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Aguilar’s group affiliation. It also included a reference to Mario Lopez and the Hispanic Leadership Fund backing Rubio, which was incorrect.
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