Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) endorsed Mitt Romney Thursday, just five days before the state's presidential primary.

In his announcement, Bryant stressed electability before praising Romney's record.

"Our country must have a Republican nominee who can defeat President Barack Obama and turn America around to get back on the right track," Gov. Bryant said. "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. As a former Governor, he understands how to make tough choices as a chief executive."


Mississippi is going to be a very tough state for Romney to win — he's struggled in the South and admitted on Thursday that running there was like playing an "away game." But he's still fighting for delegates there, and Bryant's endorsement could help move a few votes.