ORLANDO (AP) _ Republican officials say Rudy Giuliani plans to
endorse John McCain Wednesday in California.
The former New York mayor stopped short of officially quitting the GOP presidential race after finishing a distant third behind McCain and Mitt Romney in Florida's primary.
Giuliani told supporters that "elections are about fighting for a cause larger than ourselves," and said "we ran a campaign that was uplifting." When asked directly if he was dropping out, he
just said, "I'm going to California."
Giuliani had staked his presidential hopes on Florida, largely skipping the early voting states.
McCain edged past Mitt Romney to gain campaign momentum for
next week's string of contests in 21 states.
McCain tells The Associated Press it's a "very significant boost" and shows he's "the conservative leader who can unite the party."
The Florida victory is worth 57 national convention delegates for McCain and is the largest single prize to date in the race.
Mike Huckabee has told supporters he'll forge on.