Freedomworks accepts Mitt Romney

Tuesday's Illinois primary didn’t end the Republican presidential race. But here’s a sign that not just delegates but conservatives are coming around to Mitt Romney: FreedomWorks, a major tea party-supporting group, has dropped its opposition to the former Massachusetts’ governor.

“It is a statistical fact that the numbers favor Mitt Romney,” FreedomWorks Vice President Russ Walker told the Washington Times. “We are dedicated to defeating Obama and electing a conservative Senate that will help Romney repeal Obamacare and address the nation’s economic and spending challenges.”

While the group isn’t endorsing Romney, it will stop protesting him, as members did in New Hampshire last year, and stop looking for an alternative.

FreedomWorks, while a national organization helmed by former House speaker Dick Armey (R-Texas), is more responsive to its tea party members than some other major groups that use the “tea party” label. Its leaders would likely not make this move if they feared a backlash.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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