Romney Picks Up Major Endorsement from New Hampshire Senator Kellly Ayotte

Bookmark and Share    Freshman United States Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire has endorsed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination.

Senator Kelly Ayotte

Given the influence that Ayotte sholuld have as the states only incumbent Republican U.S. Senator, the endorsement is important, but it is not critical.

In the 2008 primary and caucus cycle, then Senator Judd Gregg who had conisderable sway in New Hampshire Republican politics also endorsed Mitt Romney and yet Mitt still came in second place to John McCain, who also won the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary during the 2000 election cycle.   The state’s junior senator at the time, John H. Sununu remained neutral during primaries.

Fast forward four years and Sununu is out after being defeated by Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, and Kelly Ayotte now holds the senate seat that Judd Gregg retired from.  At the same time Gregg and Sununu have also come out to endorse Romney.

While these endorsements are important, as history has shown, they may not be enough to insure a Romney win in New Hampshire and since the Ayotte endorsement of Romney was really never in doubt, the bigger story here would have been if Romney did not get Ayotte’s endorsement.  So the big plus here is not so much Ayotte’s support as it that Mitt avoided an embarrassing situation that could have seen the New Hampshire senator who worked hard to help elect, endorsed a candidate other than him.

According to Senator Ayotte;

“I have put a lot of thought into this presidential primary and have been meeting with the candidates and carefully following their campaigns,”

“I have been looking for a candidate that can lead our country based on our shared conservative principles and who can win. For me, Mitt Romney is that candidate and that is why I will be working as hard as I can to help him secure the Republican nomination and most importantly, ensure that Barack Obama is a one term president.”

She added;

“Mitt Romney will be a strong leader who will unite America,”  and “With his strong qualifications and executive leadership experience, he will put America on the path to fiscal responsibility. With a rising China and persistent nuclear threats from rogue nations, we need Governor Romney’s strong, steady leadership to vigorously protect American interests. I trust Mitt Romney to keep our country safe in a dangerous world.”

Ayotte then described Romney’s campaign as that was

“serious, substantive, and one we can be proud of.”

As seen in the list below, Romney has now been endorsed by 35 incumbent members of Congress and 7 sitting Senators. It is a number that is more than twice as many as his nearest competitor in the race for endorsements, Texas Governor Rick Perry who has 13 House endorsements, and the endorsement of Oklahoma Senator Jiohn Inhofe:

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)
Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.)
Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.)
Sen. Thad Cochran (Miss.)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah)
Sen. John Hoeven (N.D.)
Sen. James Risch (Idaho)
Rep. Rodney Alexander (La.)
Rep. Mark Amodei (Nev.)
Rep. Judy Biggert (Ill.)
Rep. Rob Bishop (Utah)
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (Calif.)
Rep. John Campbell (Calif.)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah)
Rep. Howard Coble (N.C.)
Rep. Ander Crenshaw (Fla.)
Rep. Robert Dold (Ill.)
Rep. Jeff Flake (Ariz.)
Rep. Virginia Foxx (N.C.)
Rep. Jim Gerlach (Pa.)
Rep. Tim Griffin (Ark.)
Rep. Michael Grimm (N.Y.)
Rep. Nan Hayworth (N.Y.)
Rep. Joe Heck (Nev.)
Rep. Wally Herger (Calif.)
Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.)
Rep. Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.)
Rep. Connie Mack IV (Fla.)
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.)
Rep. Patrick McHenry (N.C.)
Rep. Buck McKeon (Calif.)
Rep. Jeff Miller (Fla.)
Rep. Jim Renacci (Ohio)
Rep. Hal Rogers (Ky.)
Rep. Mike Rogers (Ala.)
Rep. Todd Rokita (Ind.)
Rep. Tom Rooney (Fla.)
Rep. Aaron Schock (Ill.)
Rep. Mike Simpson (Idaho)
Rep. Lamar Smith (Texas)
Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.)
Rep. Ed Whitfield (Ky.)


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