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Bush backs Mack in Senate primary
Posted Jun 6, 2012 by William March
Updated Jun 6, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Connie Mack IV has announced an endorsement by former Gov. Jeb Bush in the Republican primary.
It’s the biggest prize yet in the endorsement battle between Mack and his leading opponent, George LeMieux, and a blow to the hopes of former congressman Dave Weldon, a new entry to the race.
In an announcement from the campaign, Bush called Mack a “principled conservative” and said he “has the courage, conservative values, experience and determination to confront the tough issues facing our nation.”
Mack has led in the race with LeMieux for endorsements from major GOP political figures, winning backing from Mitt Romney; the American Conservative Union and its president, Al Cardenas; Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno; and most recently, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, a tea party favorite.
But LeMieux has grabbed his share of support, getting backing from some big names including 35 state legislators and another senator who represents the GOP’s conservative wing, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.
The Bush endorsement, however, is the biggest announcement in the race so far, from the man who is, along with Sen. Marco Rubio, one of the two most influential and best-known Republicans in the state.
Rubio hasn’t taken sides in the race yet, but it seems unlikely he would back LeMieux, given LeMieux’s role in the 2010 campaign against Rubio by former Gov. Charlie Crist, LeMieux’s long-time political patron.