Correction: This post has been corrected to reflect that Bob Riley is the former governor of Alabama. Robert Bentley (R) is governor of Alabama.
“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.