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Haley’s Endorsement Blazes for Mitt Like a Comet


South Carolina governor Nikki Haley just endorsed Mitt Romney on Fox News.

That is a big get, and is likely to move Romney’s numbers in that state.

Romney needs it, too; tn the RealClearPolitics average, Romney trails Newt Gingrich by more than 19 percentage points.

UPDATE: I checked in with one of my South Carolina guys, a veteran of GOP races in the Palmetto State, and he said this may not be as helpful to Romney as people think: “This helps more nationally than it does in-state,” he said. “Romney is too defined in South Carolina for this to matter much. The timing of this also shows that both the Romney and Haley camps know Romney will get slaughtered in South Carolina, hence their rolling this out now. Otherwise, if Romney and Haley thought Romney had a chance, they’d announce this right after the New Hampshire primary as all eyes turn to South Carolina.”

Tags: Mitt Romney , Nikki Haley


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