(CNN) – Bad weather prevented Mitt Romney from making it to Tallahassee, Florida Thursday, but it didn't prevent him from scoring an important endorsement.
State Senator John Thrasher, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, says he's ready to throw his support to Romney if the former Massachusetts governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate makes another run for the White House, as expected.
"If Governor Romney decides to run for President in 2012, I will absolutely be supporting him and helping him in Florida," Thrasher said in an email to the Florida Times-Union. "He would be a great GOP nominee."
Last June Romney traveled to Florida to endorse Thrasher in person for his 2010 re-election bid to the state senate.
Romney was supposed to be in Tallahassee Thursday, meeting with Republican lawmakers and officials. But the trip into Tallahassee was canceled due to bad weather, according to a source close to Romney.
The Sunshine state is likely to play a very influential role in choosing the next Republican presidential nominee. Florida will most likely be one of the early states to vote in the primary and caucus calendar, and the party's presidential nominating convention will be held in Tampa. But there is some controversy. The primary is currently scheduled for January 31, which breaks Republican National Committee rules, which call for the contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina to be held in February, with all other primaries and caucuses to be held starting in March.
– CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report