Officials: Nevada Gov. Sandoval endorses Kasich for president

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, left, endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right, for president on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) -- Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval on Saturday endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president and joined his campaign as a national co-chair, according to a news release from Kasich campaign officials.

Sandoval said in the statement,

"Governor Kasich and I entered office at the same time with the same primary objective: to put people back to work. Under John Kasich's leadership, Ohio's economy has undergone an incredible transformation. Over 425,000 jobs have returned to the state and people have hope again. Now more than ever, America needs his leadership in the Oval Office. 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. I look forward to helping his team spread this message to voters in the months ahead."

Kasich stated in the news release,

"I'm grateful and honored to receive the endorsement of my fellow governor Brian Sandoval. Governor Sandoval has turned things around in Nevada just like we've done in Ohio. Under his leadership, Nevada's unemployment rate has fallen from over 14 percent to 5.8 percent. The number of state small businesses has grown to exceed pre-recession levels and Nevada is consistently ranked has having one of the top ten business climates in the nation. It's a true privilege to welcome him to our national organization as we move forward to the convention."

Sandoval joins Idaho Go. C. L. "Butch" Otter, former New York Gov. George Pataki, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, former Majority Leader Trent Lott, Sen. Rob Portman, Sen. John E. Sununu, Larry Paul, Gay Gaines and Steve Poizner on the America National Leadership Team, according to the news release.

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