Strategists were widely dim on the impact of endorsements before Christie backed Trump on Friday, sending a new shockwave through an unpredictable race. Austin Barbour, a Republican strategist in Mississippi who worked on the campaigns of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and then Bush before they dropped out, said Abbott could give Cruz a nudge in Texas but doubted his name recognition elsewhere.
“I don’t think it’s very high. That’s not a negative toward him. He hasn’t been governor of Texas that long,” Barbour said.