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GOP governors see Mitt Romney as one of their own, but hesitate to endorse him

Just eight of the 29 Republican governors have endorsed Romney, and while he’s one of their own – a former state chief executive – there are good reasons to hold back, including the GOP’s divisive nominating campaign.

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney poses with professional wrestler John Cena before the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 26.

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Going into Tuesday’s critical primary elections in Arizona and Michigan, Mitt Romney is getting help from Republican governors.

On Sunday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was the latest to endorse Romney, joining Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman.

"I think he's the man that can carry the day," Gov. Brewer said on NBC's "Meet The Press" Sunday. “Mitt is by far the person that can go in and win."

Still, just eight of the 29 Republican governors have endorsed Romney, and while he’s one of their own – a former state chief executive, even though he plays down his time as the then-moderate governor of liberal Massachusetts – there are good reasons to hold back.

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