Nevada's Gov. Brian Sandoval endorses John Kasich for president

Published: Apr. 16, 2016 at 1:57 PM PDT
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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president and joined his campaign as national co-chairman, the Kasich campaign announced.

There was no immediate comment from Sandoval. His press secretary referred calls to Mike Slanker, who most recently managed Sandoval's re-election campaign. Slanker could not be reached for comment.

The Kasich campaign quoted Sandoval as saying that both he and Kasich entered office with the objective of putting people to work.

“John Kasich is the only candidate in the race with a real plan to deliver results, and he is the only Republican who can defeat Hillary Clinton in the fall,” Sandoval is quoted as saying. “I look forward to helping his team spread this message to voters in the months ahead."

Sandoval joins Idaho Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter, former New York Gov. George Pataki , former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, former Majority Leader Trent Lott and Sens. Rob Portman and John E. Sununu, among others.

Kasich said he was happy to have Sandoval join his team, citing Sandoval's success with jobs growth.

"I'm grateful and honored to receive the endorsement of my fellow governor Brian Sandoval,” Kasich said in a statement. “Gov. Sandoval has turned things around in Nevada just like we've done in Ohio.”