Mitt Romney picked up two endorsements today, one in a Super Tuesday state, the other in a state where he hopes to be still competing once its primary rolls around.
One endorsement is from US Representative Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, one of 21 states with Republican contests on Tuesday. "A Georgia GOP primary works as a filter -- only a true conservative can get through one," he said in a statement issued by the Romney campaign. "It appears that we are now down to a two-person race and Georgians can help winnow the field and protect our party's conservative values and principles."
Westmoreland has represented a district that stretches from Atlanta's southern suburbs into middle Georgia since 2004.
Romney is counting on winning Georgia and other Southern states on Tuesday, but faces a two-front battle with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as well as GOP front-runner John McCain.
The other endorsement is from former US Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, which doesn't vote until April 22. McCain hopes to have the nomination wrapped up by then.
Santorum, however, appealed to Republicans voting on Super Tuesday.
"In a few short days, Republicans from across this country will decide more than their party's nominee. They will decide the very future of our party and the conservative coalition that Ronald Reagan built. Conservatives can no longer afford to stand on the sidelines in this election, and Governor Romney is the candidate who will stand up for the conservative principles that we hold dear," Santorum said in a statement. "Governor Romney has a deep understanding of the important issues confronting our country today, and he is the clear conservative candidate that can go into the general election with a united Republican party."