Gov. Butch Otter will be in Coeur d'Alene at 5:15 p.m. Monday for a meet-and-greet sponsored by the Romney campaign on the eve of Idaho's Super Tuesday caucus, according to a news release from the Romney campaign.
The free event is at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
Meanwhile, Ron Paul touted endorsements from GOP state Reps. Pete Neilsen, R-Mountain Home, Lenore Barrett, R-Challis, and Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, in a weekend news release. Also backing Paul are Mullan City Councilman Chuck Reitz, who is Shoshone County GOP Chairman, and Boise County GOP Chairman John Blattler.
"Idaho leaders such as these and Dr. Ron Paul share the same deep respect and abidance to the Constitution and the rule of law," said Paul's Idaho State Director Jen Pitino in the release. "These citizens are chosen by their neighbors for representing these conservative principles. Their endorsements of Congressman Paul’s bid for President attests to his unwavering Constitutional principles and consistent voting record."
The Paul release also recycled earlier endorsements from GOP state Sens. Shirley McKague of Meridian and Monty Pearce of New Plymouth and state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol. Also, Paul reminded voters of his support from Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Steve Adams, Lewiston City Councilman Clinton Daniel, Bonner County Commissioner Cornel Rasor, and Payette County GOP Chairman Nate Jones.
Romney, however, has a huge lead in Idaho endorsements, with Otter, U.S. Sen Jim Risch, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Controller Donna Jones in his camp.
Romney also has the support of more than 30 GOP lawmakers, including House Speaker Lawerence Denney and Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill.
Rick Santorum runs third in the endorsement horse race, with Treasurer Ron Crane his most prominent backer. Newt Gingrich hasn't made claim to any endorsements and despite a single appearance in North Idaho last month, does not appear to have an active grass-roots campaign in the state.