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Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Romney receives major South Carolina endorsement
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Mitt Romney received a major endorsement for his likely bid for president Monday, when Sen. Jim DeMint told supporters he was backing the former Massachusetts governor.

"I'm writing to ask for your support of Governor Mitt Romney for President," DeMint wrote in a four-page letter to a few thousand of his supporters. "Over the next 10 years, America will face unprecedented challenges. We must elect a President in 2008 who is up to the task, and I need you to encourage Mitt to run."

DeMint should help Romney make inroads in South Carolina -- an early presidential primary state that is seen as the gateway to the South. DeMint's Palmetto State Republican colleague, Sen. Lindsey Graham, is supporting Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, if he runs for president.

-- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston
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