Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney (above) have racked up fewer Congressional endorsements than the 2008 GOP contenders had at this point last cycle. Romney leads the pack with 42 endorsements from Members of Congress.
A Republican strategist with House and Senate clients said institutional support has increasingly gravitated toward Romney as donors and high-level operatives conclude that he is positioned to win the nomination. According to Roll Callís endorsement list, Romney has received the backing of 42 Members; Perry has garnered 14, including eight Texans; Gingrich has 6, among them four Georgians; and Paul has three, including his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Rep. Dan Benishek (Mich.) is Cainís single supporter. Bachmann has no publicly announced backers.
ďEverything has been a little slower this time,Ē Blunt said. ďI think Members are legitimately figuring how much of their own political capital they can transfer, and that is a post-2010 phenomenon in my view.Ē
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.