Former Florida Republican governor Jeb Bush has come out to endorse Mitt Romney for the 2012 Republican nomination to eventually compete against President Barack Obama in the general election in November.

Jeb Bush is the son of one former president and brother to another former president and the first of the powerful bush dynasty to endorse a candidate. “Congratulations to Governor Mitt Romney on his win last night and to all the candidates for a hard fought, thoughtful debate and primary season,” Bush said in a statement issued late Wednesday morning.

The nomination process has thus far been a long and financially costly race and there is a growing mood for Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich to drop out for the sake of the party. The more it spends now will translate into less it will have later to compete against incumbent President Obama in the general election.

Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich has shown that he intends to stay in the race all the way to the Republican national convention to be held in Tampa arguing this process is healthy and will result in a stronger candidate that will face Obama.

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