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Posted at 4:53 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Afternoon Fix: Mitt Romney picks up endorsements

By Chris Cillizza

Mitt Romney is picking up support in New Hampshire and Florida, Ike Skelton has landed on his feet, Mitch Daniels is doing "Meet the Press" and the Nevada 2012 races are heating up.

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* Mitt Romney has won the support of John Thrasher, Florida Republican state senator and former chairman of the state GOP. "If Governor Romney decides to run for President in 2012, I will absolutely be supporting him and helping him in Florida," Thrasher told the Florida Times-Union. Romney helped fundraise for Thrasher during his 2010 campaign.

* One well-known New Hampshire Republican also says she's supporting Romney - in part because of his controversial health-care legislation. "I think he had the right plan at the right time, and we certainly don't have that on the federal level now," said former Executive Councilor Ruth Griffin. She supported Mike Huckabee in 2008.

* New Mexico's Republican Lieutenant Governor, John Sanchez, is reportedly considering a run for the state's open Senate seat. That would pit him against former Rep. Heather Wilson in a GOP primary. Sanchez would reportedly position himself to the right of Wilson, a moderate.

* Virginia Senate candidate George Allen has hired a campaign manager: Mike Thomas, who ran his gubernatorial campaign in 1993 and was his chief of staff and state director in the Senate. "Mike is a trusted friend who Susan and I feel blessed to have once again as a proven leader of our team," Allen said in a statement. To re-join Allen's team, Thomas will be leaving McGuireWoods Consulting.

* Former Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), who lost his seat last fall after 34 years in Congress, has found a new job at the Kansas City law and lobbying firm Husch Blackwell. The ex- chairman of the House Armed Services Committee will work mostly out of Washington.


* Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will be on NBC's "Meet the Press" this Sunday. This week he refused to back down from his call for a "truce" on social issues, much maligned by social conservatives. "If you don't believe that the American public is mortally threatened -- as I do" by economic problems and the debt, "then of course I'm wrong," he said in a television interview.

* Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), who's facing a tough primary fight, will appear on a panel tomorrow night moderated by the Indianapolis Star with Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and three other former mayors. Questions can be submitted to

* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is previewing her message to Granite State voters in a taped interview with NH Journal. She's making her first trip there this weekend to headline a GOP fundraiser. She said her visit was definitely about helping the party prepare for 2012 - but did not say anything about running herself.

* According to Nevada News Bureau, current Republican state party chairman Mark Amodei will resign and announce a run for Nevada's 2nd District House seat once Rep. Dean Heller (R) formally announces his Senate campaign, which is expected to occur as early as next week. Amodei ran for Senate in 2010 but lost in the Republican primary.


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By Chris Cillizza  | March 10, 2011; 4:53 PM ET
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