From NBC/NJ's Matthew E. Berger and Adam Aigner-Treworgy
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Huckabee just said Paul Weyrich, a prominent conservative, called him and will endorse him.
This comes on the heels of McCain today picking up an endorsement from conservative Gary Bauer.
Huckabee told those attending a rally here that he spoke with the founder of the Heritage Foundation earlier in the day, and Weyrich said he would announce an endorsement.
"He called me first of all and initiated the conversation and indicated to me that he felt like I was the one guy that was left that was a true conservative that really believed things that mattered to a lot of conservatives and it involved everything from strong national defense to immigration to tax policy, the life question," Huckabee told reporters after the rally. "There were many different reasons, and, you know, so obviously, this is good news for me. I appreciate it."
Weyrich had endorsed Romney, who dropped out the race last week. Huckabee said he hoped the nod would be more beneficial to him.
"A lot of things didn't help Mitt Romney, like $120 million," Huckabee said. "His endorsement I think will help us, hopefully quite a bit. I'm certainly grateful for it. It helped me personally, whether it helps the campaign and the voters tomorrow, I hope it does.
"But it was an encouragement to me because again he's been one of my political heros and mentors and I have admired his tenacity as a conservative stalwart," he said. "And that's one of the reasons that, again, it's quite comforting to me to have his support."
Huckabee said the two men did not discuss McCain.