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Three area Republican congressmen endorse Mitt Romney

December 7, 2011 |  4:40 pm

Mitt Romney

Three Southern California  Republican  congressmen have decided to throw their support behind GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, the Romney campaign announced this week.

Reps. Jerry Lewis  of Redlands, Ken Calvert of Corona and Brian Bilbray of Carlsbad  are backing Romney, once the seeming front-runner for Republican nominee next year, at a time when former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has overtaken the former Massachusetts governor in some polls.

On the Democratic side, Rep. Janice Hahn of San Pedro continues to roll out endorsement announcements in the three-way battle for a newly drawn congressional district. 

This week the Hahn campaign touted backing from Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas (who  also is running for Congress, from a new district in the northeast San Fernando Valley) and from Patricia Bellasalma, president of the California Chapter of the National Organization for Women.  Other Democrats running for the newly drawn 44th District, which runs from the Los Angeles Harbor area to South Gate, are Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) and Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Compton.)


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Photo: Mitt Romney speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition 2012 Presidential Candidates Forum on Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Center in Washington.

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