(CNN) - Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday, just days ahead of the state’s primary next week.
"As governor of the state of Mississippi, it is my honor and privilege to endorse my friend, Gov. Mitt Romney as president of the United States," Bryant said.
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The governor made the endorsement public in Pascagoula, Mississippi at a campaign event, the first of two that Romney is holding Thursday and Friday.
In a statement released by the campaign, Bryant further pointed to Romney’s tenure as former Massachusetts governor and said the candidate “understands how to make tough choices as a chief executive.”
“I am encouraged and supportive of Gov. Romney’s conservative policies on key issues like more American energy development, cracking down on illegal immigration, and putting in place job creation policies that will jumpstart our economy,” Bryant said.
The governor assumed office in January after serving as the state’s lieutenant governor since 2007. Bryant was a supporter of Rick Perry before the Texas governor dropped out of the race on January 19.
On Tuesday, voters will head to the polls in Mississippi, a state that carries 40 delegates.