CHARLESTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is getting the jump on his GOP rivals in West Virginia by announcing his campaign team for the state.
The 2012 hopeful is also touting more than 75 endorsements from Mountain State Republicans well in advance of the state's May primary. The list includes 14 county GOP chairs and several legislators and other elected officials.
Bill Phillips will head Romney's West Virginia campaign. Phillips and several others in Tuesday's announcement had also aided Romney's 2008 campaign in the state.
Those include John McCutcheon, who was also the West Virginia director for President George W. Bush in 2000.
Romney blasted President Barack Obama and his coal-related policies in a statement while announcing his campaign team. A Democrat, Obama lost West Virginia in 2008.
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