CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A one-time Republican presidential hopeful is now backing the apparent front-runner.
Appearing with Rudy Giuliani in South Carolina, former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson says he's supporting the former New York mayor because he wants a candidate who can "take on Hillary Clinton and win."
Thompson becomes the first former 2008 Republican presidential candidate to endorse in the race. He dropped out in August after finishing sixth in an Iowa test vote measuring organization and popularity in the state that holds the leadoff caucuses.
Giuliani could use the endorsement to try to reduce concerns from skeptical Iowans and other Midwesterners who worry about his moderate-to-liberal stances on social issues.
Tommy Thompson barely registered in national surveys while in the race.
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