No. 3 House Republican backs Romney
March 26th, 2012
08:11 AM ET
3 years ago

No. 3 House Republican backs Romney

(CNN) – Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney Monday.

McCarthy, the House majority whip, will also serve as a statewide chair for Romney's efforts in California, the campaign announced.

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In his statement, McCarthy said Republicans "need to unite" around a candidate Romney.

"After a long and grueling primary, it is clear that Mitt Romney is the best candidate to face President Obama and fix the mess of his one and only term," McCarthy said.

The news came one day after a new poll indicated Romney leading his Republican primary rivals by double digits, ahead of California's June 5 primary. According to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, Romney received 42% support from registered Republican voters, followed by Rick Santorum's 23%, Newt Gingrich's 12% and Ron Paul's 10%.

However, President Barack Obama significantly beat his potential Republican challengers in hypothetical general election match-ups. He led Romney, 57% to 36%, Santorum, 61% to 32%, Gingrich, 62% to 30% and Paul, 59% to 31% among all registered voters.

Obama captured The Golden State in the 2008 election with 61.1% of the vote to then-GOP nominee Sen. John McCain's 37.1%.

The poll surveyed 1,500 registered voters in California by phone between March 14 and March 19 with an overall sampling error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • California • Kevin McCarthy • Mitt Romney • Polls
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans created the mess, Obama is fixing it without any republican help, and republicans think a lying elitist republican can fix it?

    March 26, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens did not create the Bush republican near depression, but President Obama stopped it. Mittens did not start the Bush Iraq War, but President Obama ended it. Mittens did not cause the loss of 8 million jobs in Bush's last three years, but Obama stopped it and has created 4 million jobs in three years.

    March 26, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    In the words of Michael Steele, "Republicans don't fall out. They fall in line."

    March 26, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Under President Obama,he stock market has almost doubled, 24 consecutive months of job growth, bin Laden is dead, GM and Chrysler are alive and well, we are no longer fighting a war in Iraq, and we are out of the Bush republican caused near depression. Obama has presented a budget of $977 billion (compared to Bush's last one of $1.37 trillion. That is change for the better.

    March 26, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  5. Wake up people

    To make him be a one term President.....the mantra of the Rethuglican party. So sad, too bad Mittens will be toast come November.

    March 26, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  6. Lindsey

    Romney is a goofball! Ron Paul 2012!!!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. Lindsey

    Obama is an elitist just like Romney! No Difference folks! Ron Paul 2012!!!!

    March 26, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    McCarthy is simply getting in line with the establishment. The party sees what a mockery their primary process has been. Willard can't close the deal against Santorum & Gingrich?!?!? Something is seriously flawed there.

    March 26, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I really doubt that normal people believe that Obama is an elitist. Obama doesn't hide money overseas to avoid taxes. He doesn't say that he doesn't care about poor people. Obama does not believe that corporations are people. Obama does not think the the wealthy should get even bigger tax cuts. Obama is trying to help workers. Obama cares about seniors, and Mittens endorses the Ryan plan to have seniors pay for more tax cuts for the wealthy.

    March 26, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |