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Top Fla money man AK Desai "leaning" to Mitt Romney



St. Petersburg doctor and insurance executive A.K. Desai, one of Rick Perry's top Florida fundraisers, tells Buzz he is scheduled to speak with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, but "I am leaning toward joining Gov. Romney's team" and will make a commitment "very shortly."

Desai supported Romney four years ago, but this year became one of Perry's most prominent supporters in Florida. "I got the satisfaction that he did run a very spirited campaign and brought the central issue of jobs to the forefront,'' Desai said of Perry, who dropped out of the race today.

"South Carolina will be decisive,'' Desai said. "If Gov. Romney wins South Carolina, he is going to be the nominee because he's heavily favored in Florida."

[Last modified: Thursday, January 19, 2012 6:01pm]


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