from Tony Messenger on Twitter:
Republican Mitt Romney announces Missouri endorsements from Jim Talent, Tom Schweich, Tom Dempsey, Tim Jones, and Sam and Jeff Fox.
Talent endorsed Romney in 2008 as well (presumably Romney’s 2008 state director will not return to that job in 2012)
Tim Jones endorsed Giuliani for a period of time, before switching to McCain after Giuliani’s “vacation in Palm Beach” strategy failed to work.
The support of Jim Talent, Matt Blunt, Rod Jetton, Bryan Pratt, Jason Crowell, and Ron Richard was good for 3rd place and 29% for Romney in 2008. So maybe Jim Talent, the Auditor, the Floor Leader, Tom Dempsey and others can get Mitt over 30% this time.
Romney’s strongest areas in 2008 were Cape Girardeau, St. Charles County, Columbia/Jeff City, Jackson County, Buchanan County. So Romney’s key to victory is getting his group of suburbanites to outvote the SW Missouri Huckabee voters and the voters who are skeptical of Multiple-choice Mitt.
Missouri Republicans still on the draft board (with their 2008 endorsements listed) include Kit Bond (Giuliani), Steven Tilley (Giuliani), Jo Ann Emerson (Giuliani), Peter Tweeter Kinder (Thompson), and John Danforth (McCain).
So when it comes to picking candidates 9 months from election day. Missouri’s prominent Republicans had a mixed record in 2008.