Governor Jan Brewer made the announcement Sunday on Meet the Press. The governor said she has been watching all the campaigns but was waiting until seeing the candidates personally at last week's debate in Mesa.
Brewer said Romney handles himself very well. "But more than that," she said, "he has that pro-business background. And he has that political history that I think he would serve America the best of all the candidates. And so, it was a difficult decision. But I think R..., er, Mitt is by far the person that can go in and win."
Brewer later told Arizona Public Radio she also was swayed by the fact that Romney was a governor -- even if it was for Massachusetts -- and understands the problems of the states. Pollster Earl de Berge said Brewer's backing might make a difference in what could be a close race Tuesday.
"I guess my feeling is there's so many Republicans who seem to be up in the air and undecided and really conflicted in this decision that any endorsement, particularly from a high-level person like her, probably will do him some good," said de Berge.
But it remains to be seen if it's too little, too late. Maricopa County officials said half of all Republicans got early ballots. More than half of those already had been returned by Friday. And that's not counting those sent over the weekend and expected to arrive in the mail today.