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Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 | 2:48 p.m.
Gov. Brian Sandoval endorsed Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry today, hoping to give the Texas governor a boost in Nevada's early caucus.
Sandoval, who easily won election in 2010, was viewed as the top endorsement prize for presidential contenders in the state. Mitt Romney has been considered the front-runner in the Republican field, having handily won the caucus in 2008.
Sandoval, in a statement, said, "Governor Rick Perry has the strongest record of job creation, fiscal discipline, and executive branch leadership among the presidential candidates."
Perry met Sandoval during the former federal judge's campaign against incumbent Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons in 2009. Sandoval, in the statement, called him a "friend."