PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The three top officials in the South Dakota Republican Party have begun to shed their earlier neutrality now that Mitt Romney is the party’s presumed presidential nominee.
South Dakota Republican Party Chairman Tim Rave, National Committeeman Dana Randall and National Committeewoman Mary Jean Jensen are automatic delegates to the party’s national convention. They declined to endorse anyone earlier in the year, saying they would support the presidential candidate who won South Dakota’s June primary.
Randall and Jensen now have endorsed Romney. Rave says he personally supports Romney but would still vote for the primary winner if one of the other candidates would happen to win South Dakota’s primary.
Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are on the primary ballot with Romney. Santorum and Gingrich have ended their campaigns.
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