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Mitt Romney on Thursday announced the support of George Lovejoy, a “New Hampshire taxpayer advocate,” according to the release.

“For decades, George has been on the front lines of the fight to cut spending, reduce government and to preserve the New Hampshire Advantage,” Romney said in a statement. “I am proud to have earned his support and pleased that he has decided to join my campaign to create jobs and reverse President Obama’s reckless fiscal policies.”

While most of the focus of the GOP primary has been on the crowded field of candidates and their penchant for historical gaffes and over-the-top statements to prove their conservative mettle, another more quiet drama has taken place in recent months over dinners and awkward phone calls, hidden from the klieg lights of the debate stage and out of eyeshot from cameras.

While largely a symbolic sign of success, the battle for high-profile endorsements in Congress and around the country is always an election sideshow. But it also has its practical benefits.

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Mitt Romney has a new op-ed up on how he plans to control federal spending. Interestingly, two words never pop up: Medicare and Social Security. Romney has been increasingly running as a defender of entitlements for the elderly as part of a campaign to put Rick Perry on the defensive over Social Security.

In the world of microblogging, it looks like House Republicans win out over House Democrats, out-tweeting them 2-to-1.

Real Clear Politics breaks down the numbers:

75 percent of House Democrats send messages on Twitter; 86 percent of House Republicans tweet.

42 of the 51 Democrats in the Senate tweet. Both independents tweet, as do 41 of 47 Senate Republicans.

The Republican primaries and caucuses are coming soon for the many candidates competing for president -- and thanks to the latest move by Florida, the crunch-time will be coming up sooner than everyone has previously planned on.

State House Speaker Dean Cannon told CNN earlier this week that in its Friday meeting, the state committee that will officially set the date will likely pick January 31. The committee is made of nine members, appointed three each by the governor, the state House Speaker (that is, Dean Cannon), and the state Senate President.

This date would put the Florida primary a week before the originally intended date for the Iowa caucuses -- guaranteeing that Iowa and other early states will move their contests even further forward, in order to beat Florida.

RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski told TPM: "We're going to continue working with Florida and other states until the deadline on October 1st to ensure they remain within the Party rules. Any state that violates the rules will lose 50 percent of its delegates."

In 2008, maneuvering over primaries -- with Florida as a notable pugilist -- resulted in the Iowa caucus being held on January 3, just narrowly missing the prospect of a super-early contest 2007. The New Hampshire primary was then held five days later on January 8. This year, the national Republicans worked to avoid a repeat of those early contests, with the official four early states -- Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina -- supposed to hold their contests in February.

And all of that work could now be undone.

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A Gallup poll released Thursday morning shows a marked decrease in enthusiasm among Democrats in the upcoming 2012 election. Only 45% of Democrats and independents who lean democratic report they are more enthusiastic about voting than usual, while nearly the same amount, 44% are less enthusiastic.

Reuters reports:

Germany’s approval of the beefed-up bailout fund with much stronger support than expected in the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) provoked a sigh of relief in markets worried about Berlin’s commitment to resolving the debt crisis.