DeMint To Sit On Sidelines And Focus On 2012 U.S. Senate Races

There is no bigger endorsement in South Carolina than Tea Party favorite Jim DeMint's. And given that we are just a few days away from the 2012 South Carolina Republican presidential primary, a DeMint endorsement could help Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum close the gap on Mitt Romney in the Palmetto State. Much to the glee of Romney, DeMint will remain on the sidelines and instead focus on the 2012 battle for control of the U.S. Senate. Reuters Nick Carey has more:

DeMint is the hero of conservatives in South Carolina, so his backing might well have clinched the crucial state for Romney. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul had just as much reason to hope DeMint might support them, and put him in the role of kingmaker in the Republican race for the White House.

At a convention of the conservative Tea Party movement in Myrtle Beach on Sunday, DeMint made clear, however, they could all stop holding their collective breath.

The Republican lawmaker, who had refused to endorse anyone, said he was definitely staying on the sidelines.

So instead of picking a favorite for the White House race, DeMint has a different strategy: to strengthen the Tea Party in the Senate and forge a bastion of fiscal conservatism against whoever wins the presidency.

"We need not only to take a majority in the Senate," DeMint told the convention. "We need a conservative majority in the Senate."

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