Despite being very far behind Rick Santorum in a recent poll in Texas, Mitt Romney picked up a big endorsement Tuesday: House Speaker Joe Straus.

In a statement Straus called Romney the "best choice to defeat President Obama and bring our Texas spirit of low taxes, limited government, balanced budgets and fiscal conservatism to Washington." Straus cites the Romney’s involvement in the Olympics and in business.

Here’s Romney’s statement on the endorsement:

"I’m very pleased to earn Joe’s endorsement,” said Mitt Romney. “The people of Texas are looking for a leader that will stand up to President Obama and clearly articulate conservative values. We’ve had enough of the out-of-control spending, government intrusion, and economic decline of the last three years. I look forward to working with Joe in the months to come as I outline my vision to restore America’s greatness.”