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Former state GOP Chairman Blount endorses John McCain

MONTGOMERY (AP) — John McCain picked up an endorsement Tuesday from former Alabama Republican Party Chairman Winton Blount even though the Arizona senator hasn't officially launched a campaign for president.

Blount, a two-time candidate for governor, said McCain practices "common sense conservatism."

"I am proud to add my name to those across the country who stand ready to support Senator McCain should he seek the presidency," Blount said in a statement.

Blount's father, Winton "Red" Blount, was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Alabama in 1972 and served as postmaster general in President Nixon's administration.

McCain said he was proud to get the endorsement because "the Blount family laid the foundation for today's Alabama Republican Party, and Winton's tenure as chairman certainly built upon that foundation."

The endorsement came three days before another contender, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, is scheduled to speak to a Republican Party dinner in Montgomery.

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