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December 3, 2011
Many Texas Republicans in WashingtonHold Back on Presidential Endorsements
By ELIZABETH TITUS
WASHINGTON — As the long slog toward the presidential nomination continues, at least 10Texas Republicans in Congress have yet to pick a candidate.Some quickly endorsed Gov. Rick Perry when he jumped into the race in August. Two decided, before that, to back Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker.Representative Lamar Smithof San Antonio made a high-profile endorsement of Mitt Romney in October. AndRepresentativeRon Paulis a candidate himself.That leaves at least eight Republicans in the House, plus Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison, both Republicans, in the undecided column. The indecision, experts say, couldreflect lawmakers’ allegiance to fellow Texans, or they may just be waiting for the perfectmoment to strike a deal in exchange for their support.Ms. Hutchison, who challenged Mr. Perry for governor in 2010, told The Texas Tribune last week that she was leaning toward not endorsing anyone. She has said she will support whoever becomes the Republican nominee.Mr. Cornyn has said he will not make a primary endorsement because he does not want to bedistracted from his work leading the National Republican Senatorial Committee. A few of the undecided members have hinted at who they support with their donations.RepresentativeLouie Gohmertof Tyler has given $2,500 to Representative MicheleBachmann of Minnesota. Mr. Perry has received $5,000 from RepresentativeBill Floresof Bryan and his wife and $2,000 from RepresentativeKay Grangerof Fort Worth.Representatives for those three lawmakers said the contributions did not signal formalendorsements.Other undecided Texas Republicans include RepresentativesPete Olsonof Sugar Land,Ted