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The former U.S. senator has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts related to nearly $1 million in secret payments from two wealthy campaign donors used to hide his pregnant lover as he sought the White House in 2008. Opening arguments are set for Monday.


Senate leader gives belated endorsement

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has offered a belated endorsement of Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination.

Mr. McConnell told reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday that he personally supports the former Massachusetts governor and expects him to be the nominee. The endorsement comes a week after Rick Santorum, Mr. Romney’s chief opponent, suspended his campaign.

Mr. McConnell predicted a close race between Mr. Romney and President Obama and urged Republicans to rally around Mr. Romney.

Mr. McConnell announced his endorsement hours after House Speaker John A. Boehner went public with his decision to also back Mr. Romney.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports