Guinta will not endorse in N.H. primary

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will not get the support of New Hampshire’s entire Republican congressional delegation — at least not unless he secures the party’s presidential nomination.

US Representative Frank Guinta announced today that he will not endorse a candidate in the primary.


Guinta said in a statement that he has talked to each candidate over the past six months, and all would be an improvement over Democratic President Obama.

“Every political official chooses his or her level of involvement and participation in the primary process,” Guinta said. “Rather than work on behalf of one candidate or campaign, I have chosen to be an ambassador on behalf of the New Hampshire primary tradition itself.”

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“I make this pledge today,” Guinta said. “Whoever emerges as the Republican presidential nominee, I will be at their side this fall doing everything I can to help the GOP reclaim the White House in November.”

The two other Republicans in the first-in-the-nation primary state’s congressional delegation — US Representative Charlie Bass and US Senator Kelly Ayotte –both endorsed Romney. Guinta was elected to Congress in 2010 with the support of the Tea Party, a group that has been hesitant to back Romney. Guinta did not mention any candidate by name in his statement.

Shira Schoenberg can be reached at sschoenberg@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @shiraschoenberg.

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