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FILE - In this June 23, 2011, file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the 28th annual National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference in San Antonio.   Perry has phoned influential Republicans in early voting New Hampshire and Iowa in recent days as he weighs whether to enter the race for the GOP presidential nomination.  (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File) FILE - In this June 23, 2011, file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the 28th annual National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference in San Antonio. Perry has phoned influential Republicans in early voting New Hampshire and Iowa in recent days as he weighs whether to enter the race for the GOP presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)  

Perry makes inroads in NH, receives 27 endorsements

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

Texas Governor Rick Perry is gaining substantive traction in the upper political echelons of New Hampshire, a key primary state. Wednesday Perry announced endorsements from 27 New Hampshire Republican state representatives.

“Gov. Perry’s record creating the nation’s best pro-jobs environment and commitment to get America working again is earning strong support from New Hampshire Republican leaders,” said Rob Johnson, Perry’s campaign manager. “These 27 New Hampshire legislative endorsements triple the number of legislative endorsements announced by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney last week, and he’s been running for president continually for four years.”

Last week Romney received endorsements from nine other state representatives.

“Gov. Perry has the strongest record of any candidate in the race of creating an environment ripe for job growth. While Obama has raised taxes and uncertainty, Gov. Perry has balanced budgets, signed aggressive tort reform, and worked to keep job-killing burdens off of employers,” said former Tim Pawlenty supporter, Republican Rep. Dick Hinch.

“Granite Staters know the country is on the wrong track. We need a candidate whose record can contrast clearly with the president’s, and Gov. Perry’s record of leadership can put America on the right track and Americans back to work.”

Perry’s man in New Hampshire welcomed the support.

“We are honored to have the support of these men and women who represent and understand the sentiments of voters across the state,” said Perry’s New Hampshire senior advisor, Paul Young.“They know that people want more jobs and economic prosperity, less taxes and government interference, and they recognize that Gov. Perry can deliver on that promise.”

The new round of endorsements came from:

Rep. Pamela Tucker (R-Greenland), Deputy Speaker

Rep. Pete Silva (R-Nashua), Majority Whip

Rep. Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack)

Rep. Gregory Sorg (R-Easton)

Rep. Andrew Renzullo (R-Hudson)

Rep. Ralph Boehm (R-Litchfield)

Rep. Larry Gagne (R-Manchester)

Rep. Win Hutchinson (R-Manchester)

Rep. Carlos Gonzalez (R-Manchester)

Rep. Kevin Avard (R-Nashua)

Rep. Fred Rice (R-Hampton)

Rep. Ken Weyler (R-Kingston)

Rep. David Lundgren (R-Londonderry)

Rep. Will Smith (R-New Castle)

Rep. Norman Major (R-Plaistow)

Rep. Al Baldassaro (R-Londonderry)

Rep. Mike Kappler (R-Raymond)

Rep. Warren Groen (R-Rochester)

Rep. Spec Bowers (R-Georges Mills)

Rep. Tom Keane (R-Bow)

Rep. John Hikel (R-Goffstown)

Rep. Frank McCarthy (R-Conway)

Rep. David Bates (R-Windham)

Rep. Moe Villeneuve (R-Bedford)

Rep. Elaine Swinford (R-Center Barnstead)

Rep. Randall Brownrigg (R-Hudson)

Rep. Edmond Gionet (R-Lincoln)

Update: The Perry campaign announced Wednesday evening that Perry has received the endorsements of another 21 GOP state legislators, this time in the battleground state of South Carolina.

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