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Iowa Governor Branstad Endorses Romney for President; Santorum Suspends Campaign

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, has endorsed Mitt Romney for president.

Update: Moments after posting this article. GOP presidential hopeful has announced he is suspending his bid for president, according to multiple news outlets.

Previous coverage:

If you need another sign that the race for the GOP nomination for president is over, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has made an endorsement.

Branstad endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney a few moments ago.

Branstad had steadfastly refused to endorse a candidate throughout the Iowa Caucus season and ever since, even as Romney pulled further and further ahead in the delegate count.

If you'll recall, Romney . In reality, the double-digit vote divide between Romney and Rick Santorum, who was declared winner, was so narrow and there was enough confusion in the count that state GOP officials initially refused to declare a winner and said we may never truly know who won.

Des Moines Register columnist Kathy Obradovich has been Tweeting the announcement. You can follow Obradovich on Twitter at Twitter.com/kobradovich.

According to Obradovich, Branstad said he "withheld his endorsement until now because he wants to focus on uniting the GOP," and that "The Iowa caucuses did its job .. now it’s time to coalesce around one candidate."

Check out earlier Iowa Patch coverage of the Caucuses:

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Steve Wilson April 11, 2012 at 07:52 AM
Just in time for being too late!
Alison Gowans April 12, 2012 at 03:11 PM
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Alison Gowans April 12, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Steve Wilson commented: Just in time for being too late!
Danny July 12, 2012 at 03:51 PM
This sounds wonderful are governor will sponser someone who is ok with CIA giving kids meth and ATF killing Americans . Do you people really believe Romney is any different then Obama . Both of the 2 main choices Are a vote for destroying America even more.
Danny July 12, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Heck are governor here in Iowa allows the sale of narcotics to children by so called informants that sale drugs all over towns across Iowa former governor allowed same thing. State sponsored sales of narcotics just wonderful people we have in power in Iowa . Heck I could prove it .

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