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April 2, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Romney racks up endorsements; Women voters back Obama; Gingrich goes small; Tuesday’s primaries

Paul Ryan, Ron Johnson, Marco Rubio, and George H. W. Bush

Mitt Romney's latest round of endorsements include (from top left, clockwise) Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-R), Sen. Ron Johnson (WI-R), Sen. Marco Rubio (FL-R), and former president George H. W. Bush (photos courtesy of,,, and

Romney adding to his list of endorsements
In the last few days, Mitt Romney has picked up several endorsements. Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Paul Ryan’s endorsements come just days before the Wisconsin primaries on Tuesday, April 3. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s endorsement, who has been speculated as a potential running mate, may help Romney curry favor with Latinos. And former president George H. W. Bush finally decided to go all-in on the front-runner.

Despite these recent additions, some say Romney has yet to rake in the endorsements typical of a front-runner at this stage in the primaries. Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for The New Yorkertweeted, “There are 47 Republican senators. Only 19 have endorsed Romney. There are 242 GOP House members. Only 75 have endorsed Romney.”

Women shift the vote in Obama’s favor in 12 swing states
The latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll has Barack Obama leading Romney 51% to 42% among registered voters in twelve battleground states. A month ago Obama was trailing Romney by 2%. The key to the shift: the President now leads Romney 2-1 among women under 50. The states surveyed were Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Gingrich slims down
To stay financially afloat and derail Romney’s advance in the delegate count, Newt Gingrich will cut 1/3 of his staff. In defense of the layoff, Gingrich said, “We’re staying in, that’s exactly why we’re downsizing. We’re doing the appropriate things to be able to campaign.” To offset the reduction in staff, the Gingrich campaign says they will ramp up social media efforts.

Tuesday primaries show commanding lead for Romney
On Tuesday, three states will hold their Republican primaries: Wisconsin, Maryland, and DC.

In Wisconsin, with 42 delegates up for grabs, Romney currently leads the pack.


Maryland boasts 37 delegates, and Romney may grab a hefty victory.

DC offers up 19 delegates, and last week Romney won a straw poll of Republicans at the District of Columbia Republican Committee’s annual fundraising dinner with 72%. Since Santorum isn’t on the ballot, he will miss out on the 6.5% of registered Republicans in the nation’s capital.

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