Trump plans to endorse Romney, sources say
Published February 02, 2012
Donald Trump plans to endorse Mitt Romney at an event Thursday in Las Vegas, multiple sources close to the campaign confirm to Fox News.
The endorsement comes after Romney soundly defeated Newt Gingrich in the Florida Republican presidential primary on Tuesday, and ahead of Nevada’s caucuses this Saturday.
Polls show Romney with a significant lead in upcoming contest.
Despite earlier reports that Trump planned on endorsing Gingrich, sources close to the Romney campaign confirmed the real estate mogul will back the former Massachusetts governor.
It’s not clear whether the endorsement can yield a bump for Romney. A Fox News poll last month suggested the reality TV star and businessman could do a candidate more harm than good.
In the poll, 27 percent said his endorsement would make them less likely to support a candidate. Only 10 percent said Trump’s support would make them more likely to vote for a candidate. For most people, the endorsement would make no difference.
Trump flirted with the idea of a Republican presidential run last year, before bowing out. But he also has declined to rule out the possibility of a third-party run.