Ohio's auditor endorses Romney ahead of primary


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has received the endorsement of the Ohio auditor a week before the state's primary.

A statement released by Romney's campaign says state Auditor Dave Yost will co-chair the candidate's Ohio leadership team.

Yost says he believes Romney has shown fiscal discipline, knows how to create jobs and has a message that will connect with voters in the Buckeye State.

Romney has received support from other major names in Ohio Republican politics, including Sen. Rob Portman, several congressmen, and George Voinovich, the former senator and governor.

Earlier this month, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine switched his endorsement from Romney to Rick Santorum, saying he believes the former Pennsylvania senator can win the GOP race.