(CNN) – Former Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney has made his choice in Florida's GOP gubernatorial primary.
Romney is backing Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum who is in a primary fight with former health care executive Rick Scott.
"Bill McCollum has a record as a principled conservative leader who has always fought for lower taxes, less government and traditional values, and I'm proud to support him as Florida's next governor," Romney said in a written statement Monday.
Romney's Free and Strong America PAC also announced Monday that it is contributing $5,000 to the Florida Republican Party.
Romney's endorsement comes as Scott has surged past McCollum in recent polling.
In a Quinnipiac University poll released last Thursday, 44 percent of those surveyed said they backed Scott while 31 percent supported McCollum and 24 percent were undecided.
The poll surveyed 814 Republican likely primary voters by telephone from June 2-8. The survey has a margin or error of plus of minus 3.4 percentage points.