Report: Harris to back Gingrich
Rep. Andy Harris, the conservative Baltimore County Republican elected to Congress last year, will endorse former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, according to a report Monday in Politico.
Gingrich, a Tea Party favorite, led the pack of GOP presidential contenders in a national Quinnipiac poll this month. Twenty-six percent of respondents said they would back him, compared with 22 percent for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
With just 36 days remaining before the Iowa caucuses, the battle for the GOP nomination is getting more intense. Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have both set up campaigns in Maryland and touted their endorsements. Gingrich’s campaign has been more hands off, though he did visit Baltimore in June for a fundraiser.
A spokesman for Harris could not be reached for comment.
Maryland's primary is April 3.