According to a Hotline count, Romney leads his closest rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, by a nearly 3:1 advantage in endorsements from members of Congress, and that edge shows no sign of slowing down following Romney's Wednesday D.C. visit. Perry has been slow to pick up lawmaker support even among his tight-knit home state delegation. Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, endorsed Romney on Wednesday and introduced the former Massachusetts governor at a meeting that included nearly 60 members of House Republican Conference.
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