Top Mississippi elected officials attend Romney event; Pres. hopeful raises $300K

If there is a day where Mitt Romney isn’t doing retail, it’s a pretty good bet that’s because his schedule is filled with finance events.

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That’s what Romney was doing largely away from the media glare yesterday in Jackson, Mississippi. The presidential candidate raised about $300,000 at fundraising luncheon at the home of local oil executive Randy James, according to a source familiar with the haul. 200 people were jammed into James’ home.

Present were a slew of statewide Republican officials and newly-elected statewides: state auditor Stacey Pickering, insurance commissioner Mike Chaney, Lt. Gov-elect Tate Reeves, ag commissioner-elect Hyde Smith.

Not all of them have endorsed Romney yet, but the former Massachusetts governor does have the backing of two Mississippi political titans: senior Sen. Thad Cochran and former Senate GOP leader Trent Lott.