Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., endorsed Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential bid on Tuesday.
“Yeah, I support Governor Romney for the president of the United States,” McConnell said when asked if he was ready to endorse the former Massachusetts governor.
Romney will be the GOP nominee, McConnell said, adding that he expects “a close competitive race.”
McConnell had previously called for Republicans to unite behind Romney but stopped short of an endorsement. His statement on Tuesday is not a surprise, but reflects the effort by GOP leaders to rally behind Romney and turn the race’s focus to President Obama’s record. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, made a similar statement earlier in the day.