(CNN) - Mitt Romney's lending a helping hand to the winners of Tuesday's GOP primaries in New Hampshire.
The former Massachusetts governor's political action committee, Free and Strong America PAC, Thursday announced 33 endorsements of state and federal Republican candidates running in the Granite State, and is committing contributing $40,000 to their campaigns.
Among the candidates Romney is backing is Senate nominee and former state attorney general Kelly Ayotte, the establishment candidate who narrowly edged out the more conservative Ovide Lamontagne, who enjoyed the backing of many Tea Party activists. Romney's also endorsing gubernatorial nominee John Stephen, the former N.H. commissioner of the department of health and human services, and congressional nominees Charlie Bass, a former congressman who's running to reclaim his old seat, and Frank Guinta, the former Manchester mayor.
"Republicans have a great opportunity to make significant gains up and down the ballot in New Hampshire," Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom tells CNN. "We had some very competitive and close primaries there this week, and now it's time for the party to unite behind its candidates and reclaim the state in the name of fiscal responsibility and economic freedom."
Next week Romney, who owns a home in the state, will headline Republican Party of New Hampshire's convention. It will be the fourth time over the past two months that the past and possible future GOP presidential hopeful is helping out party officials in the crucial early primary state.
Romney's assistance of course could pay dividends in 2011 and 2012, as the state plays a very important role in presidential primary process, - thanks to its role of holding the nation's first primary.
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