Leading SC Republican endorses Rick Perry for 2012

By Jim Davenport

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Aug. 20 2011 7:56 a.m. MDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has picked up an important endorsement in South Carolina for his 2012 presidential campaign.

Longtime state legislator David Wilkins, who played a big role in George W. Bush's White House races, says he's signing onto Perry's bid.

Wilkins, a former ambassador to Canada, is the most notable backer to announce his support for a candidate in early primary-voting South Carolina.

Wilkins attends a Perry fundraiser on Friday night and confirmed on Saturday that he was endorsing the Texas governor.

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