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Ann Romney’s Birthday Bash at Trump Tower Sells Out

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Now that Mitt Romney has secured wins in Maryland, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia, he can turn his focus to the next important task on the April calendar: finding his wife, Ann, the perfect birthday gift.

Luckily for former Gov. Romney, he’ll have some help in the party planning department.  In two weeks, the Romneys will be the guests of honor at a huge birthday party and fundraiser thrown by Melania Trump at Trump Tower.  The campaign will bring the Romneys to New York City in time for Ann Romney’s 63rd birthday.

Rumor has it some surprises are in store for Ann Romney at the party, which has gotten incredible response from campaign supporters. The party will double as a fundraiser for the Romney campaign.

“This birthday party and fundraiser will be the highest-grossing and fastest-selling event to date for the Romney campaign,” said executive vice president and special counsel at the Trump Organization, Michael Cohen, predicting a successful event.  "Melania looks forward to spending more time with Ann and hosting this special occasion in two weeks."

Donald Trump’s support for Romney has been ever-present and hyper-local since his endorsement of the former governor in early February.  All told, “the Donald” has recorded more than 30 robocalls for the campaign and participated in more than 50 radio interviews in every state holding primaries over the past two months, according to Cohen.

The campaign has been sure to pay its respects to Trump, giving him special mention at nearly every victory speech on election nights.

“Donald Trump continues to play a crucial role in Gov. Romney’s slew of primary wins and march to 1,144 delegates, which will secure the nomination,” Cohen said.

With the upcoming birthday bash for Ann Romney, all signs point to the relationship growing stronger as the calendar heads towards the general election.

For those who can’t get a ticket to the sold-out party but want one, have no fear.  Cohen said Trump has recorded robocalls in upcoming primary states and will be dialing in very soon.

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Donald Trump to Start National Robo-calls for Mitt Romney

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- In Tuesday night’s list of "thank yous" during the speech at her husband’s victory party, Ann Romney made sure to highlight the campaign’s “honorary Buckeye,” Donald Trump.

Mrs. Romney added, after an especially loud burst of cheers from the audience in Boston, “He was on the radio all the time for us in Ohio.”

All told, Trump participated in more than a dozen radio interviews and robo-calls statewide in Ohio. And ABC News has learned that many more American voters will soon be getting a call from “The Donald” too.

“Voters across the United States should expect a call from Donald Trump praising Mitt Romney for his tough stances on China, OPEC and other foreign countries that are depriving Americans of opportunities and jobs so that they can fulfill the American dream,” confirms Trump Executive Vice President & Special Counsel Michael Cohen.

Trump has been working on a national robo-call -- a type of automated message -- for the Romney campaign, taking his efforts for Romney from focused states with upcoming contests to an all-50-states approach. “Conversations continue with the Romney campaign managers seeking Mr. Trump’s continued assistance in states to ensure additional Romney victories,” said Cohen.

Ohio is the most recent example of Trump’s primary season handiwork. The business mogul did similar stumping last week in Michigan and is participating in fundraising for Romney as well.

Cohen points to Romney’s strong surrogate network as a way for the candidate to get around his trouble connecting with voters.

“Supporters like Mr. Trump introduce voters to the real Mitt Romney. And once that happens, people believe in him, believe in his campaign and go out to vote for him in the primaries and caucuses,” he said.

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Donald Trump Assails Santorum’s ‘Lobbyist’ Past in Michigan Robo-Call

Bill Clark/Roll Call(NEW YORK) -- Mitt Romney’s campaign is hoping that when Donald Trump calls, Michiganders will listen.

Trump has recorded a robo-call, paid for by the Romney campaign, which is highly critical of rival presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

“This is Donald Trump and I have to tell you that I’m tired of Rick Santorum pretending that he’s some kind of D.C. outsider,” Trump says on the call.

The Apprentice host dismisses the former Pennsylvania senator as a “career politician” who has, “never had a job in the private sector.”  The real estate mogul accuses Santorum of working as a lobbyist before and after serving in Washington.

“Rick Santorum is completely entrenched in the Washington culture and he has been for decades,” Trump says.

Santorum lobbied for the World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s and worked as a consultant to several companies after he lost his re-election bid to the U.S. Senate in 2006.

Trump, who endorsed Romney in Las Vegas in early February, has not appeared alongside the candidate since then. However, there are fresh signs that the Romney campaign is making strategic use of their celebrity endorser.

Trump joined Romney in New York City last week to make a round of fundraising and he has been hitting the airwaves for the former Massachusetts governor in Michigan.

On the robo-call, which will begin on Wednesday, Trump calls Romney an “outsider in the race” who “knows how to handle” China and OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries).

“He’s a good man, he’s working hard,” Trump says of Romney.  “He will win. You’ve got to give him that chance.”

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Trump Backs Romney -- but Do Endorsements Even Matter?

Bill Clark/Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- If you ask Donald Trump, his endorsement is the most coveted in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.  But he may be the only one who thinks so.

Despite the business mogul's typically Trump claim that “millions of people are waiting” for his endorsement and that “everybody wants it,” polling shows that few voters will be swayed by his pledge of support, which he gave to Mitt Romney on Thursday.

Nearly two-thirds -- 64 percent -- of likely Republican voters say Trump’s support has no impact on their vote, according to a Pew Research poll released last month.

But that voter indifference is not unique to Trump.  The same poll found likely GOP voters would be equally unswayed by endorsements from political big-hitters John McCain, Sarah Palin or Herman Cain.

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“There are not very many people in very many places who  can actually deliver votes on Election Day,” said Phil Noble, a longtime political consultant and founder of Politics Online. “People pretty much make up their own mind, and they’re pretty independent.”

Ron Paul, for example, is polling in last place among the GOP candidates despite the backing of big name celebrities such as Vince Vaughn, Kelly Clarkson, Barry Manilow, and Snoop Dogg, none of which have given Paul a perceptible boost in the race.

The most influential endorsement in the GOP primary may actually be Paul himself, said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

“Ron Paul’s endorsement will actually matter more than that of the other [former GOP] candidates, because he has such intense support,” Sabato said. “There is no doubt many of the Paulites would respond if given the call.”

Generally speaking, Sabato said endorsements matter far more in the money race than the vote tally.

“There is not a direct vote transfer. It’s all indirect,” Sabato said.  “Endorsements can transfer money and media attention. They attract the cameras.”

In Trump’s case, while his announcement of support Thursday spawned a media frenzy, his endorsement could actually do more harm than good.

About 20 percent of respondents in the Pew poll said they would actually be less likely to support a Trump-backed candidate.  And a full one-third of respondents in a September Fox News poll said they would be less likely to vote for the candidate Trump endorses.

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Donald Trump Endorses Mitt Romney for President

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) – Real estate mogul Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney on Thursday in a ballroom of his Las Vegas hotel, saying that the former Massachusetts governor won’t “allow bad things to continue to happen to us.”

“It’s my honor, real honor, and privilege, to endorse mitt Romney,” said Trump.

“Mitt is tough, he’s smart, he’s sharp. He’s not going to allow bad things to continue to happen to this country that we all love,” he said.

“So Governor Romney, go out and get ‘em, you can do it,” said Trump.

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In accepting Trump’s endorsement, Romney said, “I’m so honored to have his endorsement and of course I’m looking for the endorsement of the people of Nevada.”

“There are some things that you just can’t imagine in your life, this is one of them,” he said.

Prior to the official endorsement, Trump held two brief press conferences with reporters, during which he said he would not run as an independent if Romney clinched the nomination.

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Donald Trump Set to Endorse Mitt Romney in Las Vegas

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Donald Trump will endorse Mitt Romney in Las Vegas on Thursday, sources familiar with the decision tell ABC News.

A political aide in Trump’s office spoke directly with Mitt Romney by phone last night before Trump’s private plane took off from New York City to Las Vegas, according to a source familiar with the discussion.

The call was to inform Romney of Thursday's endorsement, which will take place at a 12:30 p.m. event at the Trump International Hotel on the Las Vegas strip.

A contracting company used by the Romney campaign has been setting up for the event since Wednesday night.

Sources familiar with Trump’s thinking said that earlier reports by several news organizations of a Newt Gingrich endorsement were inaccurate.

Trump’s endorsement of Romney comes on the heels of multiple discussions between members of Romney’s team and Trump’s office over the past few months.  These conversations took place at the highest levels of the Romney campaign apparatus, including campaign manager Matt Rhoades.

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Donald Trump to Endorse Newt Gingrich, Reports Say

Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesUPDATE: Sources familiar with Donald Trump's decision now tell ABC News the real estate mogul and reality TV star will endorse Mitt Romney in Las Vegas on Thursday.

(LAS VEGAS) -- Donald Trump is scheduled to make a "major announcement" Thursday afternoon pertaining to the presidential race, according to his office.

Barring a Groundhog Day surprise, it's expected that the real estate mogul turned NBC Celebrity Apprentice host will put his full faith and credit behind GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, published reports say.

Trump will make his announcement at a press conference in Las Vegas at 12:30 p.m.

Several of the candidates for the GOP nomination have courted Trump's endorsement by visiting him at his Manhattan hotel.  Mitt Romney, the presumptive front-runner, is among those who've met with Trump, who has made no secret of his disdain for President Obama.

In fact, Trump made noises about running for president last year and questioned whether Obama was born in the U.S, prompting the White House to produce a birth certificate to silence critics.

Trump has also talked about mounting a third-party run if he's unhappy with the eventual Republican nominee.  Should Gingrich fail to capture the nomination, it's unclear whether Trump would launch a separate candidacy.

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Donald Trump Says He'll Make Endorsement ‘In a Very Short Time’

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump is getting close to endorsing one of the four remaining Republican candidates, the real estate mogul and reality TV star told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America Monday.

Though Trump wouldn’t indicate who would get his support, he did single out Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

“I’m friendly with both.  I respect both.  I like both…They both want my endorsement.  We’ll see what happens but, in a very short time I’ll be making an endorsement,” Trump said.

“Not today, not right now,” he added.

Trump won’t make a third party bid if the person he endorses becomes the nominee, he said.  And because he is prohibited from having both a TV show and a presidential campaign, he could not make a run until May.  But he hopes it won’t come to that.

“Number one, I’d rather endorse a great candidate that’s going to do a great job and win the election and become a great president.  That’s the number one option for me,” he said.

Trump just returned from Florida where he said the ads between Gingrich and Romney were “brutal.”  Kantar Media’s CMAG, a media tracking company, found that 92 percent of all the television ads airing in the Sunshine State this past week were negative.

“They’re very tough.  No, I don’t think too brutal. [Romney] wants to win,” Trump said.

According to recent polling, Romney has a sizable lead over Gingrich in Florida, where voting in the state's primary has already started.

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Donald Trump Readying Third-Party Run?

Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump’s top political adviser told ABC News he’s speaking to “high-level political operatives” to explore a third-party bid for the real estate mogul, in a sign that Trump may not quite be done with the 2012 presidential race just yet.

“I can confirm that over the past two weeks I have spoken with many high-level political operatives, campaign managers, finance directors — some of whom I have spoken to in the past. Most are new people from all the country,” said Michael Cohen, executive vice president at the Trump Organization and special counsel to the reality TV star.

“Until such time as he makes that decision, I am exploring on his behalf the possibilities of ensuring Mr. Trump appears on the ballot in all states, and to develop a team of professionals who could ensure a potential victory,” Cohen added.

Back in March, Cohen met with Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn and 18 political operatives, activists and fundraisers in Iowa, but Trump decided not to run.

Trump himself indicated this weekend that he may pursue a third-party run.

“It’s a very sad situation what’s happening to the country,” he said on CBS’s Face the Nation. “I hope I don’t have to, but I may absolutely.”

Cohen told ABC on Monday that Trump’s preference is to endorse a Republican candidate “as he loves what it is that he’s currently doing,” but if the Republican Party doesn’t nominate someone who The Apprentice star feels is capable of defeating President Obama, “he may consider running as an independent for the presidency.”

Trump’s contract with NBC ends after The Apprentice season finale in May, after which the TV star will reconsider his decision.

The real estate tycoon-turned-reality TV host switched his party affiliation from Republican to “unaffiliated” in December and hinted that he might reach out to Americans Elect, an online, independent presidential nominating organization.

Trump has been flirting with the idea of running for president for nearly two decades. He first suggested running on the Republican ticket in 1988. A decade later, in 1999, he again said he was serious about running, except at that time it would be on the Reform Party ticket. In 2007, Trump floated the idea of Oprah Winfrey as his running mate.

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Donald Trump Bolts Republican Party, Eyeing Other 2012 Options

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump is officially a man without a party.

The real estate mogul whose flirtation with the 2012 presidential race has never really ended despite announcing seven months ago he would not seek the Republican nomination has been signaling he wants to find other ways onto a presidential ticket.

Trump took another step in that direction on Thursday, switching his party affiliation from Republican to “unaffiliated,” according to a source close to the reality television star.

According to the source, he did so because he is “disgusted” with the way Republicans are handling matters in Washington, including the recent payroll tax cut deal. But the move also sets Trump up for a potential third-party run for president -- a possibility he began talking about almost as soon as he told his fans in May he wasn’t running.

Trump has sought to reach out to the group, Americans Elect, an online, independent presidential nominating organization that has already made it on the ballot in several states, including California.

“Couple Donald Trump’s name recognition with his extraordinary wealth and Americans Elect truly becomes a viable force in determining who the next president will be,” Trump’s top political adviser Michael Cohen told ABC News. “One thing is for certain, Donald Trump is adamant that Barack Obama must be defeated in 2012 under any circumstances.”

This is not the first time Trump has changed his party registration. He registered as a Republican in the late 1980′s, then switched to the Democratic Party in 2001 only to return to the GOP in 2009.

Trump hinted at an independent bid for president as recently as last week.

“Around the middle of May I’ll be able to do whatever I want and I could run as an independent,” Trump said in a web video he recorded. “If the Republicans pick the wrong person I would, in fact, seriously consider running.”

Trump backed out as moderator of a proposed Newsmax presidential debate after most of the Republican candidates declined to attend citing a variety of reasons, including the Trump’s own decision to keep the door open to jumping into the race next year.

“They want me to announce that I won’t run as an independent candidate,” Trump said, “but and I won’t do that.”

According to Americans Elect, more than 2.1 million people across the country have signed the group’s petition in support of ballot access.

Should Trump win a spot on the Americans Elect ticket, “the merger would be something that both parties should become concerned about,” Cohen told ABC News.

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