Rubio’s endorsement roll continues
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Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) endorsed Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game GOP eager to exploit Dem court-packing fight Rubio's pragmatic thinking on China MORE (R-Fla.) for president on Friday, giving the Florida Republican his fourth Congressional endorsement in as many days.

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Noem lauded Rubio as a “next-generation conservative leader that puts our party in the best position to win back the White House,” and said he stands above the crowded field of GOP contenders for his “ability to articulate a conservative vision for what kind of country we can become in this new American century.”

"As the son of a bartender and a maid, he possesses a personal understanding of the challenges facing hardworking taxpayers in South Dakota and across the country, and he has conservative solutions to help address today's most pressing problems," Noem said in a statement.

It’s the latest sign that establishment Republicans are gravitating towards Rubio.

Last week, Rubio won the backing of influential Republican billionaire Paul Singer over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

This week, Rubio surged into the lead for Senate endorsements, picking up support from Sens. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerOvernight Defense: Trump to reverse North Korea sanctions imposed by Treasury | Move sparks confusion | White House says all ISIS territory in Syria retaken | US-backed forces report heavy fighting | Two US troops killed in Afghanistan Overnight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' MORE (Colo.), Steve Daines (Mont.) and James Risch (Idaho). No one else has more than two senators supporting their candidacy.

Noem’s endorsement gives Rubio his 11th backer in the House, according to the FiveThirtyEight tracker.

That’s half as many as Bush, although many of Bush’s supporters in the House backed him at an early stage in the race, before his struggles on the campaign trail became apparent. Half of Bush’s House supporters are from Florida, where he has deeper political ties than Rubio from his time as governor.