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Rubio announces Mass. leadership team

Perhaps only in Massachusetts can the backing of three state senators constitute a landslide.

But that’s just what US Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, struggling to break through in the crowded Republican presidential primary, has done by securing endorsements from fully half of state Senate Republican caucus.

State senators Richard Ross of Wrentham, Viriato deMacedo of Plymouth, and Ryan Fattman of Webster are among those heading up Rubio’s Massachusetts “leadership committee,” according to Jim Merrill, the candidate’s top aide in New Hampshire.

Together, they are good for three of the state’s six GOP senators.

“We’re proud to have these leaders join Marco’s Massachusetts leadership team, to help spread his positive message for achieving a new American century throughout the state and region,” Merrill said in a statement.

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Also on the leadership committee are Rep. Keiko Orrall of Lakeville, Rep. Shawn Dooley of Norfolk, and former state party chairman Bob Maginn.


James Pindell contributed to this report. Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at jim.osullivan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JOSreports.