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Schwarzenegger Likely To Endorse McCain

(AP)
CBS News has learned that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is likely to endorse Sen. John McCain, whom he considers a close friend, before the California primary -- perhaps as early as tomorrow.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Schwarzenegger, who is also close to Rudy Giuliani, had said he would not endorse a candidate "out of deference to friends in the race." But Giuliani's withdrawal from the race today cleared the way for a possible Schwarzenegger endorsement of McCain before the Feb. 5th primary in his state.

Schwarzenegger, who spoke at a news conference before the Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., this evening, told CNN he would not be addressing the endorsement question today.