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Sen. Mitch McConnell: GOP Primary ‘Essentially Over’
CNBC.com | March 29, 2012 | 08:49 PM EDT

The Republican presidential primary has practically been decided with an “almost-certain nominee,” Sen. Mitch McConnell said Thursday.

“I think I will say this: It’s pretty obvious this nomination is essentially over, and I think we’ll be a lot better off if we begin to rally behind the almost-certain nominee and begin to take the case against President Obama to the American people,” he said on “ The Kudlow Report .”

The Senate’s leading Republican stopped short of endorsing a candidate – or even mentioning frontrunner Mitt Romney by name — but said the race was in the home stretch.

“I think more and more members are going to be embracing our almost-certain nominee, and I think this matter’s going to be wrapped up in a matter of weeks,” he said.

Pressed by host Larry Kudlow as to when he might support a presidential contender, McConnell demurred.

“I’ll let you know,” he said.

McConnell also criticized the comments President Obama made earlier, calling for an end to tax breaks for oil companies that are pulling in record profits and tax breaks from the federal government.

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