04/17/2012 02:58 pm ET Updated Apr 17, 2012

Mitch McConnell Endorses Mitt Romney For President

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday became the latest high-ranking Republican to endorse Mitt Romney as his party's presidential nominee.

"Yeah, I support Gov. Romney for president of the United States. He is going to be the nominee," McConnell told reporters. "If you'll notice, the party is in the process of unifying behind him. I think it's going to be an incredibly close, hard-fought race."

McConnell said that while people are busy "bandying polls around," a Gallup poll from Monday showed Romney with a two-point lead on President Barack Obama.

"I think it's going to be a very, very competitive election and we're all behind him," he said. "I'm looking forward to the fall campaign, which is already underway."

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced his support for Romney earlier Tuesday.