Sen. John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenOvernight Energy: Trump Cabinet officials head west | Zinke says California fires are not 'a debate about climate change' | Perry tours North Dakota coal mine | EPA chief meets industry leaders in Iowa to discuss ethanol mandate 74 protesters charged at Capitol in protest of Kavanaugh Big Oil’s carbon capture tax credit betrayal MORE (R-N.D.) endorsed Mitt Romneys presidential campaign and will serve as co-chairman of his North Dakota operation, the campaign announced Friday.

It is an honor for us to join Governor Romney’s campaign,” Hoeven in a news release. Getting our country on the right track will require lessening the regulatory burden on businesses, reducing spending, reforming taxes and utilizing our energy resources here in the United States. Mitt Romney has laid out conservative solutions such as these to fix our country’s problems and I look forward to working with him to ensure that North Dakota is a leader in our country’s economic revitalization.”

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Hoeven, who like Romney is a former governor, is the sixth senator to endorse Romney, who leads in congressional endorsements by a wide margin. No other Republican candidate has more than one senator’s backing.

North Dakota is certainly not a key battleground state in the GOP nomination, but Hoeven was a popular governor and won election to the Senate with 76 percent of the vote. His endorsement is the latest sign that the Republican establishment is starting to line up behind Romney.