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GOP leaders slow to back presidential hopefuls

By Stephen Ohlemacher

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, March 3 2012 1:55 a.m. MST

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas speaks at a rally in Spokane, Wash. on Friday, March 2, 2012.

Jed Conklin, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — After two months of voting, none of the Republican candidates for president is getting much support from the GOP leaders who could play an important role in determining the party's nominee for president.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has the most endorsements. But they are coming in more of a trickle than a waterfall.

The Associated Press has polled 106 of the 117 so-called superdelegates — members of the Republican National Committee who will automatically attend the party's national convention this summer and can support any candidate for president they choose.

The results: Romney got 23 endorsements, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich got four, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas Rep. Ron Paul got two each.

Seventy-five RNC delegates were undecided.

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