LONDONDERRY, New Hampshire (CNN) - Republican Mitt Romney Monday referenced former president Bill Clinton's 1992 second-place showing in New Hampshire when asked what a loss in the Granite State would mean for his presidential bid.
Romney expressed confidence in his New Hampshire position, but left room open for a less-than-frontrunner finish by pointing to former President Bill Clinton's successful presidential campaign - even without a New Hampshire primary win.
"A defeat in New Hampshire, I'm not hoping to be able to understand fully personally," Romney told reporters.
He then asked out loud, "Did Bill Clinton win New Hampshire?
Sen. Judd Gregg, R-New Hampshire, who stood by Romney's side answered, "No, he came in second."
Romney continued, "He came in second here, so the political wins and the implication of them is something I'll leave to others."
Romney holds a comfortable lead in New Hampshire according to several recent polls. But he has lost his once significant lead in Iowa to Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
– CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla