Mitt Romney wins support of former Alabama governor Bob Riley
Correction: This post has been corrected to reflect that Bob Riley is the former governor of Alabama. Robert Bentley (R) is governor of Alabama.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday announced that he has won the support of former Alabama governor Bob Riley in one of the Deep South states that votes next week.
In a statement, Riley hailed the former Massachusetts governor as “the only candidate with the leadership and business experience to take our country through this difficult economic situation and bring us out stronger.”
“If ever there was a time for America to have a job creator in the White House, it is now,” Riley said.
The endorsement is the latest Romney has won from a ranking Republican in a southern primary state. He has been endorsed by both of Oklahoma’s senators, a slew of statewide officials in Georgia and the governor of Tennessee.
Yet Romney lost all three of those states on Super Tuesday to Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich — a sign that endorsements aren’t everything.
“Restore our Future,” a super PAC backing Romney, has invested more than $1 million ahead of Alabama’s primary Tuesday, an indication that Romney is not planning on surrendering either Alabama or Mississippi to his rivals.
But he’ll have plenty of competition in both states in the upcoming days: Gingrich was campaigning hard in Alabama on Wednesday, while Santorum was campaigning in Kansas and Mississippi.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) has not made an endorsement in the race.