[Update] Trump just endorsed Romney. (Headline changed to reflect the final outcome)
[Update] ABC News The Note:
Why would Romney want Trump’s nod when it could be more likely to turn voters off than turn them on to Romney? A Fox News poll last month found that Americans were nearly three times as likely to say they’d be less apt rather than more apt to vote for a candidate Trump endorsed, 27 percent to 10 percent. Two-thirds said it would make no difference.
Last night then against this morning Donald Trump, via his Twitter pages, said he would be arriving in Nevada at 11:30pm and had a major announcement regarding the presidential race and all media were welcome.
I will be making a major announcement tomorrow (Thursday, February 2) at 12:30 pm at Trump International Hotel & Tower, Las Vegas, Nevada. I will be arriving this evening at approximately 11:30 pm. The announcement will pertain to the Presidential race. All media welcome.
He reiterated that this morning.
According to KLAS-TV8 News Now, The Politico and The Hill, sources are saying that Trump's major announcement will be his endorsement for a GOP candidate and that candidate will be Newt Gingrich.
CNN on the other hand comes out with a breaking news announcement claiming that Trump is endorsing Romney according to their sources.
Donald Trump will endorse Mitt Romney for president, sources with knowledge of the endorsement tell CNN.
The Hill piece provides a little more background on Trump and Gingrich, from their meeting back in December as well as Gingrich publicly defending Gingrich over criticisms from other GOP candidates.
"This is a country that elected a peanut farmer to the presidency. This is a country that elected an actor who made two movies with a chimpanzee to the presidency," Gingrich said. "Donald Trump is a great showman; he's also a great businessman. I think one of the differences between my party and the other party is we actually go to people who know how to create jobs. We need to be open to new ways of doing things."
Nevada's GOP caucuses will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2012. Polling in Nevada shows Mitt Romney with a 20 point lead just two days before caucus goers cast their votes.
Stay tuned, will update with which candidate Trump endorses after he makes his announcement at 12:30pm this afternoon.