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Endorsements Galore

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) snagged the backing of Illinois GOP Reps. Judy Biggert and Jerry Weller on Monday, adding to a recent flurry of Member endorsements in the presidential race heading into the August recess. [IMGCAP(1)]

Last week, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) garnered the endorsements of Rep. Steven Rothman (D-N.J.) and freshman Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.), who became the first Member from either Iowa or New Hampshire to choose sides in the 2008 contest.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) announced the endorsement of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the second Democratic female Senator to back Clinton.

Also last week, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R).

Clinton and Romney lead their respective fields when it comes to Congressional support.

Clinton, with 56 endorsements, has more than twice as many as Obama, who comes in second with 24 backers.

Romney, meanwhile, has only a one-endorsement lead over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Romney now has 28 supporters in the House and Senate, compared with 27 for McCain.

Kennedy (Jr.) Backs Dodd. Ted Kennedy Jr., the son and namesake of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), will campaign this week in Iowa on behalf of Sen. Chris Dodd’s (D-Conn.) presidential campaign.

The younger Kennedy, a New Haven resident who runs a health care consulting business in New York, will meet with Iowa caucus-goers in Des Moines, Ankeny and Indianola today and tomorrow.

While Kennedy’s brother, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), has endorsed Dodd, their father has not yet waded into the 2008 fray.

— Lauren W. Whittington

For a full list of White House contenders’ Congressional endorsements, click here.

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