Sen. Kelly Ayotte announced late Saturday evening that she has decided to endorse Mitt Romney for president.
The support of the freshman New Hampshire Republican gives the former Massachusetts governor the backing of a key conservative in the Granite State, home to the first primary and second contest overall in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
“I have been looking for a candidate who can lead our country based on shared conservative principles and who can win. For me, Mitt Romney is that candidate,” Ayotte said in an email to supporters.
Ayotte, elected in 2010 in part on the strength of support from conservatives such as Sarah Palin, had told Roll Call in an interview just a few days ago that she was on the fence about whether to endorse in the Republican presidential primary. In that interview, she described Romney as the frontrunner in New Hampshire but said by no means does he have the race locked up.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.