By Carole on Feb 1, 2012
After his decisive primary win in Florida, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney may start his February with an endorsement that could impress some conservatives. Instead of heading to Nevada or Maine (the next two states to vote), Mr. Romney is headed to Minnesota presumably to pick up the endorsement of tea party favorite Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota).
Mrs. Bachmann is the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus and was briefly near the lead in the GOP presidential race when she won Iowa's Ames straw poll last summer. Often on the attack in early debates, she went after her fellow conservatives much more than she went after Mr. Romney prompting speculation that she was running for a position in a Romney administration more than she was running for president.
With word today that aides for the candidate and the congresswoman have been conferring about an endorsement, it's possible that Governor Romney's "grassroots rally" in Minnesota today may be the stage for a joint appearance and announcement of an endorsement.
According to Florida exit polls, 52% of voters who consider themselves "someway conservative" chose Mr. Romney but only 30% who consider themselves "very conservative" did. An endorsement from Representative Bachmann could improve those percentages in Nevada, Maine, Minnesota and beyond.
UPDATE: Representative Bachmann has released a statement
saying, "There are absolutely no negotiations between me and the Romney campaign regarding any pending endorsement of Governor Romney." She went on to say, "I continue to speak with all the candidates and plan on uniting behind the presumptive nominee."
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