Bob McDonnell Endorses Mitt Romney: In The Nick Of Time?

As former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney continues to slide in the South Carolina primary (PPP: Gingrich up six points), Romney did receive some good news today. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell endorsed Romney's bid for the White House. Romney will dispatch McDonnell to the Palmetto State in an effort to stop the bleeding. The Associated Press has more:

Mitt Romney, struggling to remain the frontrunner in a turbulent GOP presidential primary field, won a major backer Friday in Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a rising star in his party.

Romney’s campaign announced McDonnell’s endorsement Friday morning from South Carolina, where McDonnell will join the former Massachusetts governor later in the day to campaign ahead of that state’s Saturday primary.

The endorsement of a Southern governor with solid support among social conservatives buoys Romney with Rick Santorum surging among conservatives and Texas Gov. Rick Perry announcing his support for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

For months, when pressed on his presidential preference, McDonnell had said only that he would prefer a governor. With the exit of Perry and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Romney is the lone candidate with such credentials.

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published this page in In The News 2012-01-20 15:23:00 -0500
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