Romney Collects Key Endorsements In NH

By: AP
By: AP
Mitt Romney is picking up some high-profile endorsements in New Hampshire.


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NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- Mitt Romney is picking up some high-profile endorsements in New Hampshire.

He stood yesterday with New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, several hours after the senator's decision to back Romney became public.

Today, New Hampshire Republican Congressman Charlie Bass is joining Romney's campaign. Aides say Bass will join Romney this morning on a tour of a defense contractor in Nashua. Romney plans to announce Bass as a co-chairman in New Hampshire and one of his national advisers.

The lawmakers are the latest high-profile additions to an organization that already included Granite State Republican heavyweights like former Sen. Judd Gregg and former Gov. John H. Sununu (suh-NOO'-noo.)

The support from Ayotte and Bass is leading some prominent Republicans to suggest that Romney has become so strong in New Hampshire that the real contest in the Jan. 10 primary will be for second place.

The backing of Ayotte offers Romney a bridge to more conservative voters, who have been reluctant to endorse a candidate with a mixed history on some social issues.

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