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Thursday, October 27, 2011

2012 GOP Endorsements

2012 GOP Endorsements.  But do they really matter?

Republicans running for the White House are starting to rack up endorsements from GOP members on Capitol Hill. In 2008, Mitt Romney secured the most congressional endorsements in the GOP primary, but Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) subsequently won the nomination. This time around, legislators are taking a more cautious approach, reports The Hill. 

The list below reflects publicly committed backers of 2012 presidential hopefuls.

Mitt Romney (31)
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.)
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) (endorsed Romney in 2008 cycle)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) (endorsed Romney in 2008)
Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho)
Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.) (endorsed Romney in 2008)
Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.) (endorsed Giuliani in 2008)
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) (endorsed Romney in 2008)
Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) (endorsed Romney in 2008)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)
Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) (endorsed Romney in 2008)
Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.)
 (endorsed Romney in 2008)
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) (endorsed Sen. John McCain in 2008)
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) (endorsed Romney in 2008)
Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.)
Rep. Michael Grimm (N.Y.)
Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.)
Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.)
 (endorsed Romney in 2008)
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) (endorsed McCain in 2008)
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) (endorsed Giuliani in 2008)

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) (endorsed ex-Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) in 2008; dropped White House bid in September)
Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.)
Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.)
 (endorsed Romney in 2008)
Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) (endorsed Romney in 2008)
Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) (endorsed Romney in 2008)
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) (endorsed Romney in 2008)
Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.)
Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.)

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) (endorsed Romney in 2008)
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.)
Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) (endorsed Romney in 2008)

Rick Perry (10)
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) (endorsed Thompson in 2008)
Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.)
Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) (endorsed Romney in 2008)
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) (endorsed Romney in 2008)
Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas)
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas)
Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas)
Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.)
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.)
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.)

Newt Gingrich (5)
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas)
Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) (endorsed Romney in 2008)
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) (endorsed Romney in 2008)
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) (endorsed Romney in 2008)
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas)

Ron Paul (3)
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.)
Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.)

Michele Bachmann (0)
Rick Santorum (0)
Herman Cain (0)
Gary Johnson (0)

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