Mississippi governor campaigns in Marion for Romney. McCrory

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant encouraged McDowell’s Republican leaders Saturday night to do all they can to support Mitt Romney for president and Pat McCrory for governor and help make North Carolina a red state again.

“I think Clint Eastwood had it right,” said Bryant. “Let’s go ahead and make his day.”

Bryant is a former lieutenant governor of Mississippi who took office as the 64th governor of the Magnolia State on Jan. 10. On Saturday, he toured North Carolina, speaking at local Republican headquarters in four different cities during the last days of the early-voting period. He took part in early-voting events at GOP offices in Asheboro, Lexington, Mooresville and, lastly, Marion.