(CNN) - Rick Scott, Florida's Republican nominee for governor, received the endorsement of his former rival Friday.
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum endorsed Scott after a divisive Republican battle that pitted the two against each other earlier this year.
"Our state needs conservative leaders who will grow our economy and create jobs," McCollum said in a statement. "With this in mind, I will cast my vote for Rick Scott for Governor. It's the better choice for Florida."
McCollum had previously declined to endorse the GOP nominee.
"I see lots of problems with him, personally, right now. It would be very difficult for me," McCollum said in August.
Most of the Republican establishment backed McCollum during the primary, but party leaders have since come out in support of Scott.
Scott will face Democrat Alex Sink in the November election to succeed independent Gov. Charlie Crist who is now running for Senate.