BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) – At a campaign event in Boston the morning after his second-place New Hampshire finish, Republican Mitt Romney repeatedly told reporters he had the most votes and delegates among all GOP presidential contenders: "I'm in first place," he said.
Romney spoke to a crowd assembled at tables in a large conference room who were making fund-raising calls for the former governor. After telling the callers jokingly, "make all the promises you need to," he tried his hand at it, telling the person at the other end of the line, "I've got the lead now."
Romney pledged a win in the Michigan primary, telling volunteers he would be spending “every minute of time” until the January 15 vote stumping in the state, except for a brief break to participate in the South Carolina Republican primary debate.
Romney was born in Michigan, and his father George was governor of the state.
When asked by CNN whether he was putting all his eggs in one basket, Romney pointed to the February 5 “Super Tuesday” states, saying: “Oh, I got more baskets, and there are more baskets coming down the road.”
UPDATE: On Wednesday, Romney's campaign confirmed reports that it had decided to pull television ads in South Carolina and Florida, at least until after the Michigan primary.
"Romney paid media been re-focused away from South Carolina and towards Michigan," a campaign aide told CNN.
The move is surprising in the Palmetto State, because Romney has run television ads for months in South Carolina, spending more on paid media in the state than any other Republican candidate since his campagn first hit the airwaves there in September.
– CNN's Alexander Marquardt and Peter Hamby