House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, ended months of self-imposed neutrality on the 2012 GOP presidential fight and endorsed Mitt Romney on Tuesday, further cementing the former Massachusetts governor's lock on the nomination.
Boehner had stayed out of the 2012 battle because he is the chairman of the Republican National Convention and did not want to appear to be taking sides in the battle.
"I wanted to make sure all candidates had a fair process and a fair opportunity," he said.
"But it's clear now Mitt Romney is going to be our nominee," Boeher told reporters following the House GOP's weekly meeting.
"I think Mitt Romney has a set of economic policies that can put Americans back to work and frankly contrast sharply with the failed economic policies of President Obama, and I will be proud to support Mitt Romney and to do everything I can to help him win."
One potential way for Boehner to help Romney is in his home state. Ohio will be a critical battleground this November, and Romney will be relying on congressional allies like Boehner and Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman to win the Buckeye State.