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7:13 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Romney endorses Hoekstra in Mich. governor's race

LANSING, MI –

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has endorsed U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra in Michigan's Republican governor's race.

Romney is a Michigan native who won Michigan's 2008 GOP presidential primary before dropping out of the race. He's considered a likely 2012 presidential candidate.

He praised Hoekstra in a statement Thursday for having "the capability and the right policies to get Michigan's economy moving again."

Romney will attend a fundraiser next Wednesday for Hoekstra in Grand Rapids. Romney's political action committee, Strong America PAC, has contributed the maximum $3,400 to the congressman's gubernatorial campaign.

Other Republicans in the race are Attorney General Mike Cox, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder and state Sen. Tom George.