Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced Friday afternoon that he will cast his vote for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the Utah caucus next week.

“This week, in the Utah nominating caucus, I will vote for Senator Ted Cruz,” Romney wrote on Facebook.

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

The former Massachusetts governor, who jumped into 2016 presidential politics when he delivered a speech warning of the dangers associated with Donald Trump, used his announcement to slam the GOP front-runner.

“…a vote for Governor Kasich in future contests makes it extremely likely that Trumpism would prevail.”
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“Today, there is a contest between Trumpism and Republicanism,” he wrote. “Through the calculated statements of its leader, Trumpism has become associated with racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, vulgarity and, most recently, threats and violence. I am repulsed by each and every one of these.”

“The only path that remains to nominate a Republican rather than Mr. Trump is to have an open convention,” Romney added. “At this stage, the only way we can reach an open convention is for Senator Cruz to be successful in as many of the remaining nominating elections as possible.”

Romney noted that he does like and has campaigned for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, but argued a “vote for Governor Kasich in future contests makes it extremely likely that Trumpism would prevail.”

“I will vote for Senator Cruz and I encourage others to do so as well, so that we can have an open convention and nominate a Republican,” he concluded.

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