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Marco Rubio picks up a new round of Georgia endorsements


Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential campaign picked up the endorsements of nine more Georgia elected officials.

The last time Rubio rolled out his endorsements, the list was dotted with the names of youngish elected officials backing his presidential campaign. This list, though, includes a gaggle of more veteran politicians who reflect the campaign's tilt as it begins to pick up more establishment support.

Among Rubio's newest supporters are state Sen. Rick Jeffares and longtime state Reps. Howard Maxwell and Gerald Greene. Also on the list were a handful of prosecutors, including Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds.

"Marco Rubio has the strength to restore our military might, destroy ISIS, protect Israel, and secure our homeland," said Reynolds in a statement. "I’m excited to join his effort to build a New American Century."

They join a growing core of supporters that also include Rep. Austin Scott, Rubio's Georgia chair, and state Reps. Geoff Duncan, Michael Caldwell, Chuck Efstration, Buzz Brockway, Trey Kelley and Bert Reeves.

"For the first time in a long time, even many young Americans and disaffected voters have a true conservative candidate that can connect with them about the challenges they face," said Scott.

Here's the full list of Rubio's latest pickups:

Marco Rubio's Georgia Leadership Team:

State Representative Gerald Greene, Cuthbert

Cobb County DA Vic Reynolds

Cherokee County DA Shannon Wallace

Paulding County DA Dick Donovan

Douglas County Assistant DA Ryan Leonard

Senator Rick Jeffares; Chairman of Senate Regulated Industries

Representative Howard Maxwell; Chairman of House Regulated Industries

Mayor Teresa Philyaw, Hiram

Councilman Brandon Hembree, Sugar Hill


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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.