(CNN) – Mitt Romney is headed to Iowa next month, the latest potential 2012 presidential candidate with plans pay a visit to the crucial early-voting state this fall.
The former Massachusetts governor - who placed second in the 2008 Iowa Caucuses - plans to campaign for the state's GOP gubernatorial candidate, Terry Branstad, at a fundraising dinner in Bettendorf, according to Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom.
It will be Romney's first trip to the Hawkeye State since March, when he did a book signing at the Des Moines Public Library.
The trip is part of the former Massachusetts governor's previously announced tour to 25 states over the next ten weeks leading up to the midterm elections. The tour kicked off late last month when Romney attended a fundraiser in Boston for New Hampshire's Republican Party.
The multi-state travel is sure to heighten Romney's visibility in the months leading up to the unofficial kickoff of the next presidential run. The kickoff of the tour follows a meeting Romney had last month in New Hampshire with many of the staffers from his 2008 presidential campaign.
But Romney isn't the only likely White House hopeful with plans to touch down in Iowa over the coming weeks. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has plans to be in the state later this week while former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will make an appearance there in October.
- CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report