Gov. Deal now backs Romney

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. — Gov. Nathan Deal says he’s supporting Mitt Romney for president and he’s confident Georgia voters will too.

After staying mum about presidential politics in his speech to the weekend convention of the Georgia Republican Party, Deal told The Associated Press in an interview Sunday that he’s spoken with Romney and “certainly I will support his candidacy.”

Deal had been a strong supporter of Newt Gingrich, who easily won Georgia’s Super Tuesday primary in March. The governor did not publicly declare his support for Romney when Gingrich dropped out of the race May 2.

Deal says he’s certain Georgia voters who “support a conservative” to take the White House in November will end up backing Romney.

The governor said: “He’s conservative enough for me.”

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