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      Mitt Romney endorses Kay Ivey

      Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney has endorsed Republican Kay Ivey for a second term as lieutenant governor. Ivey was the Alabama chairwoman of Romney's presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012. Now Romney is backing her in the primary election June 3 against Kimberly minister Stan Cooke. Romney called Ivey a conservative leader who supports limited government.{}The winner of the Republican primary faces former Democratic state Rep. James Fields of Cullman in the general election.