Reichert endorses Romney in Wash. GOP caucus

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Republican congressman Dave Reichert has endorsed Mitt Romney in advance of Saturday's GOP state caucuses.

The Romney campaign announced Reichert's endorsement on Tuesday. Reichert represents Washington's 8th Congressional District, which includes Seattle's eastern suburbs. In a statement, Reichert said he believed Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, had the background and skills to be an effective leader.

Romney has scheduled a Thursday fundraiser in Bellevue. His rivals for the Republican presidential nomination - Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich - have all visited Washington state in recent days.