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Donald Trump Set to Endorse Mitt Romney in Las Vegas

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Donald Trump will endorse Mitt Romney in Las Vegas on Thursday, sources familiar with the decision tell ABC News.

A political aide in Trump’s office spoke directly with Mitt Romney by phone last night before Trump’s private plane took off from New York City to Las Vegas, according to a source familiar with the discussion.

The call was to inform Romney of Thursday's endorsement, which will take place at a 12:30 p.m. event at the Trump International Hotel on the Las Vegas strip.

A contracting company used by the Romney campaign has been setting up for the event since Wednesday night.

Sources familiar with Trump’s thinking said that earlier reports by several news organizations of a Newt Gingrich endorsement were inaccurate.

Trump’s endorsement of Romney comes on the heels of multiple discussions between members of Romney’s team and Trump’s office over the past few months.  These conversations took place at the highest levels of the Romney campaign apparatus, including campaign manager Matt Rhoades.

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