[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/06/art.pawlenty.0706t.gi.jpg caption ="Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday announced his endorsement of 30 candidates running in the midterm elections."]
(CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's increasing his support of Republican candidates running in November's midterm elections.
The possible 2012 GOP presidential hopeful announced Tuesday that his political action committee, Freedom First PAC, is endorsing 30 candidates in New Hampshire, from the statewide to the local level. The PAC is also contributing approximately $18,000 total to the candidates' campaigns.
"Voters around the country know government spending is out of control," said Pawlenty in a statement. "This fall, New Hampshire voters will send a message that we've had enough. Each of these candidates will fight to hold the line on taxes and cut spending – I'm proud to endorse them."
As reported earlier Tuesday, the PAC officially announced that Pawlenty will team up with John Stephen, New Hampshire's GOP gubernatorial nominee, at a campaign event in the Granite state on September 30.
Tuesday's endorsements brings to approximately 130 the number of candidates Pawlenty has officially backed this election cycle.
While Pawlenty's endorsements are about 2010, 2012 is not far away. New Hampshire plays a large role in the race for the White House, as it traditionally holds the first primary of the presidential campaign season.
Pawlenty finishes up his second term as Minnesota governor at the beginning of next year. His announcement last year that he would not run for a third term as governor was the first serious indication that Pawlenty was considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination.
Pawlenty's far from the only possible 2012 GOP president hopeful who's backing Republicans running this year. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's political action committee has endorsed or donated money to fellow Republicans running for office this year in around 40 states, and has contributed over $650,000 to candidates and party committees this cycle.
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