September 16th, 2010
12:26 PM ET
4 years ago

2012 Watch: Romney backs N.H. Republican candidates

Mitt Romney is helping out in New Hampshire.
Mitt Romney is helping out in New Hampshire.

(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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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Geesh!!! How many homes does Mitt? So far I've counted the one in Utah, the one in Massachusetts and now this one. This man is really out of touch with middle class Americans. How about you get his take on the Bush tax cuts expiring for the wealthy. I bet that he doesn't want them to. Which is all the more reason why I can care less about who he endorses because more than likely they are just as out of touch with reality as he is. John McCain has 13 homes and Mitt Romney is alot wealthier than him. Mitt's probably got double that.

    September 16, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Oh come on CNN...why did you forget to include a picture of his hair?

    September 16, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Can anyone tell me why anyone should care about who Mitt Romney backs?

    I mean he is just as relevant as Michael Steele, or Karl Rove ... all are GOP dinosaurs who are too stupid to know they are extinct.

    September 16, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Will they ever back Romney?

    September 16, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. carlos

    and that money is being channeled from the infamous koch brothers

    September 16, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Snow

    Christine O'Donnell went from a campaign war chest of $50,000 dollars to over 1 million in just 24 hours. It would have been more but the computer crashed from the usage and the money is still pouring in. She went from 25 points down to 11 points down in the same time period, so yes, she can win this race.

    September 16, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Repubs

    Repubs better take notice of the new party coming along, conservatives are as sick of the old republican ways as they are of the far left liberal ways of the democrats that are running the show right now. I for one, am sick of both parties, but especially the leaders of the admin and congress right now.

    September 16, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. don

    Romney supports Republicahs
    Film at 11

    September 16, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Clwyd

    Mitt is beginning to sound and look a lot like Sarah Pathetic!

    September 16, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. blue

    What a fake!!!!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |