Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the only viable alternative to front-runner Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primary, Gov Scott Walker said Wednesday hinting at a possible endorsement.
"If you're someone who is uneasy with the front-runner right now, there's really only one candidate," Walker said in a taped interview that aired on WTMJ Wednesday morning. "Ted Cruz is the only one who's got a chance other than Donald Trump to win the nomination statistically, and my friend Gov. (John) Kasich cannot."
Walker's comments come on the same day Cruz and Kasich are hosting rallies in the Milwaukee area ahead of the state's April 5 presidential primary. The governor has not yet made an endorsement and said he will decide after Easter.
Kasich is making a concerted effort to prove he can win contests outside his home state, while Cruz seeks to whittle the race to a two-man contest against front-runner Donald Trump.
Several anti-Trump Republicans in the state have thrown their support behind Cruz, though Kasich has also picked up high-profile endorsements.
Walker also said Wednesday that Republicans shouldn't be wary of an open convention if one of the GOP candidates fail to secure the necessary 1,237 delegates to earn the nomination at the convention in July
"I don't think an open convention's a bad thing," said Walker, later adding that process put Abraham Lincoln on track to the White House. He said if Trump fails to win the needed delegates, he doesn't expect Trump will gather them on the floor of the convention.
The governor also said he expects he will be a delegate at the Cleveland convention.
Trump, whose rallies in recent weeks have stirred protests that have turned violent, has said there would be "riots" if a brokered convention was triggered. Walker downplayed Trump's warning and said if no candidate has enough delegates to get the nomination, "rules are rules" and the party would be expected to follow them to pick a nominee.
Wisconsin is also the only state to hold its primary April 5, making it the first to have a day to itself with both parties voting since New Hampshire on Feb. 9. Early voting here began Monday and ends April 1.
State election officials predict voter turnout could be 40 percent, driven in part by a competitive Republican primary and state Supreme Court race. That would be the highest mark for spring presidential primaries since 1980.
National forces that oppose Trump have signaled plans to mount a stand against him in Wisconsin with significant advertising and other efforts.
Some Wisconsin conservatives who oppose Trump have begun to coalesce behind Cruz, while Kasich has received endorsements from former Govs. Tommy Thompson and Scott McCallum, and former congressmen Mark Neumann and Scott Klug.