NEW YORK : Former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole have said they’ll support the party’s 2016 nominee, in a boost for Donald Trump’s efforts to rally the Republicans around him.

According to CNN, Cheney said he has always supported the Republican nominee and will do so this year as well.

Dole also said he will support the nominee. “The voters of our country have turned out in record numbers to support Mr. Trump. It is important that their votes be honored and it is time that we support the party’s presumptive nominee, Donald J. Trump,” the former candidate, Kansas Senator and Senate Majority Leader, said.

“I plan to attend the RNC convention in Cleveland to show my support for our party and our ticket, as I have done my entire life. We must unite as a party to defeat Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump is our party’s presumptive nominee and our best chance at taking back the White House this November,” he said.

The support from Cheney and Dole is considered important as the presumptive Trump is encountering intense resistance from senior members of his own party.

The endorsements come a day after House Speaker Paul Ryan told CNN he is “just not ready” to back Trump. 

Former President George W. Bush, who Cheney served, said this week he would skip this summer’s Republican convention where Trump will be formally nominated. Former President George H.W. Bush and Senator John McCain and Mitt Romney, the Republican’s 2008 and 2012 nominees, also don’t plan to attend the convention.

Senator Lindsey Graham, meanwhile, said Friday he would sit this election out because he can’t bring himself to vote for either Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Graham said he was a “little bit” surprised when that Cheney was supporting Trump.

Many Republican leaders have only said they’ll back the nominee — likely Trump — but a growing number have backed Trump by name. They include roughly 20 representatives, two Senators and eight governors. The governors are from Indiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida, New Jersey and Maine.