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Jeb Bush Endorses Mitt Romney

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Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney tightened his hold on the party nomination Wednesday when he secured one of the most sought-after endorsements, former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

It comes on top of a commanding victory over Rick Santorum in the Illinois primary on Tuesday night, a potential turning-point in a race that has acquired an air of inevitability.

Bush, in his statement throwing his support behind Romney, applied pressure to Santorum to quit the race and for the Republicans finally to unite behind one candidate: Romney.

Bush said: "Primary elections have been held in 34 states, and now is the time for Republicans to unite behind governor Romney and take our message of fiscal conservatism and job creation to all voters this fall."

Romney described the endorsement as a key point in the campaign. But in a mis-step that took some of the shine off the Illinois win and the backing of Bush, one of his Romney's advisers, Eric Fehrnstrom, made light of the candidate's tack to the right during the nomination process, saying the positions could be reset "like an Etch-a-sketch". Read more at the Guardian...

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