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In the lead-up to the likely GOP race changer that is Super Tuesday, a handful of prominent Republicans have come out to voice their support for front-runner Mitt Romney.
The Hill reports that former Attorney General John Ashcroft offered his support for the former Massachusetts governor on Monday. Ashcroft, who served from 2001 to 2005 under President George W. Bush, said that he admired "Mitt’s record of fiscal responsibility, lower taxes and defense of traditional values in a politically difficult state for a Republican."
The news comes a day after Romney picked up two other significant endorsements, from Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.
It's unclear how much Cantor's endorsement will help in his home state of Virginia. Romney is already out in front there, and Ron Paul is the only other candidate who managed to get his name on Tuesday's ballot. Rick Santorum, however, currently leads in Oklahoma, so Coburn's backing could help Romney close the gap in the Sooner State.
This year’s Super Tuesday will hand out a total of 410 delegates—roughly 18 percent of all GOP delegates. The 10 states that will be voting include the crucial Ohio, where Romney is slowly inching ahead of Santorum.