Romney Endorses Handel In Georgia Governor's Race

Karen Handel
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ATLANTA (AP) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has thrown his support behind Karen Handel in an Aug. 10 runoff for the
Republican nomination for governor in Georgia.

Romney said Wednesday that Handel's "blend of executive,
political, and business experience is just what Georgia needs at
this critical time." His political action committee donated $1,000
to her campaign.

Romney -- a Republican candidate for president in 2008 -- becomes
the latest White House hopeful to weigh in on the Georgia contest.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin last week came out in support of
Handel and is credited with helping her surge to become the top GOP
vote getter in Tuesday night's primary. Former U.S. House Speaker
Newt Gingrich is backing Handel's runoff opponent Nathan Deal.

Romney, Palin and Gingrich are all considering White House bids
in 2012.

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