Why Nevada Endorsement Important for Perry

Chuck Todd says the endorsement of Rick Perry by rising GOP star Rick Sandoval, Governor of Nevada, is a tough one for the Romney campaign.

Sandoval is one of a trio - along with New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., - of prominent Hispanic Republican leaders elected last year, a sign many party officials said shows the GOP has a strong future with Latino voters despite struggling to attract their support now. He won by a double-digit margin last year despite the party's other statewide nominee, Sharron Angle's, failure to dislodge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

It's the latest strike in a recent war of endorsements between Perry and chief rival Mitt Romney as each man seeks to prove he is the party's strongest candidate. On Monday, Romney announced he received the endorsement of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who earlier this year was considered Romney's main competition for the nomination.

Chuck says the endorsement is evidence that, despite what he characterizes as a bad debate performance by Perry this week, the Texas governor has a strong organization.