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Perry Backer Switches to Romney; Says Perry Won't Beat Obama

Win McNamee/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Hours before presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry head to New Hampshire for separate campaign events Friday, one of the Texas governor’s supporters has decided to rescind his endorsement and jump on the Romney bandwagon.

As first reported by New Hampshire’s Union Leader, eight-term state Rep. Norman Major, R-Plaistow, is now endorsing Romney after he said he “realized [Perry] isn’t going to beat Obama,” according to the paper.

In an interview with the Union Leader, Major said Perry’s performance in recent debates influenced his decision to leave the Perry team.

“[Perry] has a lot of good credentials, but I guess he needs to go through what Romney went through last time and get that experience of running for president,” Major said in the interview. “That way he will be more presidential and think more nationally."

“All the answers don’t come from Texas,” he added. “If he develops more of a national expertise, he’ll go far.”

Perry spokesman Mark Miner said, “Gov. Perry is pleased with the overwhelming support he is receiving around the country. This support is the result of being the only candidate in this race who is putting forward real solutions to improve the economy and create jobs, including the flat tax which will provide tax relief for all Americans.”

Major was included in an email from the Perry campaign Sept. 21 with a note from the campaign manager that boasted of earning the support of 27 New Hampshire leaders.

“Gov. Perry’s record creating the nation’s best pro-jobs environment and commitment to get America working again is earning strong support from New Hampshire Republican leaders,” Perry campaign manager Rob Johnson wrote in an email at the time. “These 27 New Hampshire legislative endorsements triple the number of legislative endorsements announced by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney last week, and he’s been running for president continually for four years.”

Major’s departure leaves the Perry campaign with 29 endorsements from leaders in New Hampshire. Romney has received 36 endorsements from Granite State leaders so far.

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