Former New York Republican Gov. George Pataki endorsed John Kasich for president on Thursday, saying he was the best candidate for the general election, NBC News reported.
"We need to win this race," Pataki said, adding that Kasich is the "only" candidate in the GOP race that "not just beats Hillary Clinton, he trounces Hillary Clinton. And he will win this race if he gets the nomination of the Republican party."
Pataki, who dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination in December, formerly endorsed Marco Rubio.
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The endorsement comes just five days before the New York primary.