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Will Mitch Daniels be the next influential GOPer to endorse?

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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s (R) announcement Wednesday that he is backing former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) could make way for other top Republicans to jump into the presidential endorsement game – but Mitch Daniels isn’t likely to be among them.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R). (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The popular Indiana governor, who has declined to pursue a White House bid of his own, said in an interview on the sidelines of last month’s National Governors Association meeting in Washington that he doesn’t plan on endorsing a candidate before Indiana’s May 8 primary.

“I really don’t think so,” Daniels said when asked whether he plans to endorse. “Well, I keep saying, ‘Who the heck cares what I (think)?’ I don’t think anybody cares.”

He added that given this year’s competitive GOP nomination race, “it appears that for the first time in decades, the Republican primary may actually matter in Indiana.”

“We haven’t had this experience in so long, that I want to be a gracious host if it happens,” he said. “We just had the Super Bowl, and I didn’t announce for either team. Right? That wouldn’t be very hospitable. Same deal.”

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