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Romney says NC Gingrich supporter now backing him

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Mitt Romney says the honorary chairman of Newt Gingrich's North Carolina's campaign is now supporting the former Massachusetts governor for the Republican presidential nomination.

Romney's campaign released a statement Friday plugging the support of former state GOP Chairman Tom Fetzer. He said in the release that Romney has proposed bold solutions to fix the nation's spending crisis and knows how to create jobs.

Fetzer didn't immediately return a phone call or email seeking comment, but his backing is further proof that Republicans are consolidating support for Romney in the weeks after Rick Santorum got out of the race.

Gingrich made several stops in North Carolina last week and has said he would remain in the race all the way to the Republican convention this summer.

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