Super Tuesday is almost here, and former Governor Mitt Romney is getting a helping hand with two key endorsements sure to boost his numbers when the votes are counted.
Although he’s been trailing former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum in Ohio for weeks, Romney has finally drawn into a statistical tie. Now, with the endorsement of House Majority Leader and Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor, the campaign is no doubt expecting a surge in support. One Romney adviser points to the leading Republican’s endorsement as a sign that Romney is the more viable candidate when it comes to helping Republicans get elected down-ticket, saying, “I gotta believe in the back of his mind he’s also thinking about maintaining a Republican majority in the house and elected republicans are looking for someone who has coattails, not concrete shoes.”
But Cantor isn’t the only one putting out a last minute endorsement. Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has announced he is supporting Romney, too. And with Romney far behind in the state, that help is very welcome. “What I have seen is a very hard-fought primary. And we have seen now that the central issue about the campaign now is the economy. I just think there’s one candidate in the case who can do that, and it’s Mitt Romney.”
Could it be that Santorum’s focus on social issues is finally starting to drag him down, or has the party finally realized that although red meat makes the party stalwarts happy, the rest of the potential Republican voters just aren’t that into them?
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