Sen. Cory Gardner’s reluctant Trump endorsement has arrived

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado is urging voters to support Donald Trump.

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US Senator Cory Gardner at a meeting calling for unity among the Republican Party at the Jefferson County Republican Party headquarters on July 9, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)   corygardner;

US Senator Cory Gardner at a meeting calling for unity among the Republican Party at the Jefferson County Republican Party headquarters on July 9, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By  Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado is urging voters to support Donald Trump.

Gardner had withheld his endorsement from Trump and even got into a Twitter war with the billionaire, who is now the Republican presidential nominee. The dustup happened after Trump complained about the outcome of Colorado’s GOP nominating process in April. Sen. Ted Cruz won that contest.

Now, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports, Gardner says it’s important to elect “the entire Republican ticket.”

“A Republican president will make a difference, even a Republican president named Donald Trump.”

That leaves Rep. Mike Coffman as the highest-profile anti-Trump Colorado Republican holding office — and he’s running on the anti-Trump Republican position, so it seems pretty unlikely he’d reverse course, too.

Every seat in the House and 34 in the 100-member Senate are on the ballot. The Nov. 8 elections will decide whether Republicans keep control of both chambers.

Gardner first made comments about supporting Donald Trump during a fundraiser in Colorado Springs on Friday night.

Denverite staff contributed to this report.