Schwarzenegger is in talks to endorse McCain, sources say. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
SIMI VALLEY, California (CNN) - Two Republican sources familiar with the conversations tell CNN California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in discussions about endorsing John McCain's presidential bid.
Two Georgia Republican senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Issacson, also have committed to endorse McCain. That announcement will come in the next 48 hours, according to two GOP sources involved in the planning.
As for the California governor, one of the sources said, "you can safely describe the conversations as progressing and productive."
The second source described the endorsement as "more than expected" and said the conversations were aimed at arranging a Thursday announcement. "Yes, that is the plan," this source said.
Separately, a campaign source described McCain's fund-raising as "beginning to flow more rapidly" in the wake of his Florida victory, reporting the campaign would raise more than $1 million at events in California scheduled around Wednesday's CNN Republican debate.
UPDATE: In an interview on The Situation Room, Schwarzenegger seemed to indicate he would not endorse a candidate before California's February 5 primary.
"I've always said that I would stay out of the whole thing of endorsing anybody until our primaries are over, so I think that's exactly what I'm going to do," he said.
Pressed by CNN's Wolf Blitzer if it was right to assume he would not endorse before February 5, Schwarzenegger said, "Well, no, I just say that at this point I have nothing to announce, and so I'm sorry to say - I know you want to get the information and get the scoop, and CNN should have the first scoop on something like that, as is of course clear to me, but I have nothing really to announce today."
– CNN Chief National Correspondent John King