HAMILTON, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump picked up an endorsement Tuesday from Christian leader Jerry Falwell Jr., giving his run a potential boost with evangelical voters a week before the country’s leadoff nominating contest here.
Evangelical voters typically make up as much as 60 percent of Republican caucus-goers in Iowa. Mr. Trump and his chief rival, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, have been battling for those evangelical voters.
“I am proud to offer my endorsement of Donald J. Trump for President of the United States. He is a successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again,” Mr. Falwell said in a statement.
Mr. Trump said: “It is truly an honor to receive Jerry’s endorsement. Not only is he a high quality person, with a wonderful family, whom I have great respect for — I also consider him a very good friend and his support means so much to me.”