Washington (CNN) – In the wake of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision not to run for president, Mitt Romney's campaign continues to attract major donors who had been sitting on the sidelines.
First among them is Paul Singer, a major hedge fund manager. "I have held back as the presidential election landscape has taken shape over a period of months. At this time, however, the field is set. We know the pool of candidates from which the Republican nominee will emerge. And in my judgment the best choice is Mitt Romney," Singer wrote in a letter to donors and other activists.
In the letter Singer specifically cited Romney's debate performances saying they were "extremely impressive - fluid and at times commanding."
Singer said there was also another key reason: "In addition – and of supreme importance – Mitt Romney can defeat the incumbent president, a task that is a matter of urgency to me and of keen importance to the country."
"Perfection in candidates is obtainable in the same place where imaginary friends reside. What we can hope to actually find in the real world, if we're fortunate, are individuals of proven skill and talent, who embody integrity, and whose agenda is anchored in and draws strengths from American ideals. Mitt Romney is that man. My team and I will work hard to help advance his endeavor."
Both the campaigns of Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are working hard to attract the unaffiliated donors as they work to build their money teams.
Also on Thursday the Romney camp announced former Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson, a major donor, would serve as a co-chair of its Veteran Policy Advisory Group.
Hours after Christie's announcement Tuesday, Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone, who was a prominent backer for a Christie presidential bid, said he would now back Romney. Also prominent GOP donors Georgette Mosbacher and Jon Catsimatidis have said in interviews they are now supporting Romney.
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