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Alabama Governor Endorses Kasich For President

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Office of Governor John Kasich

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for the Republican presidential nomination, saying he has the executive level experience and background necessary to lead.

Kasich joined Bentley for an event Monday at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in Birmingham.

Bentley says he called Kasich to offer his support after seeing him in a recent debate. Bentley cites Kasich's experience and compassion as factors in his decision to endorse him.

Bentley is the first Deep South governor to endorse Kasich, who is generally viewed as being among the more moderate Republican contenders.

While Kasich is among lesser-known Republican candidates, a strong performance during the first debate produced fresh signs of momentum.

Bentley was a convention delegate for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2008.