(CNN) - Talk about a crowded campaign trail Tuesday.
Mississippi Gov. and Republican Governors Association Chairman Haley Barbour kicked off a five day 13 state swing in support of GOP gubernatorial candidates.
Tuesday also found former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Iowa, where the 2008 GOP presidential candidate made three stops across the state in behalf of Republican candidates on the ballot next week. Romney's finishing up a tour of 25 states before Election Day.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is in Texas, the first stop of a seven day eight state tour to help fellow Republicans.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich teamed up at a rally in Ohio with the state's Republican Senate and gubernatorial nominees. The stop was part of a 12-state two week tour.
What do all these men have in common?
They all are considering bids for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
Ask any of these men, and the other possible contenders for next race for the White House, and they'll tell you that the main focus of their efforts on the campaign trail is to help Republicans win in next week's midterm elections. And while that's all very true, there's obviously something else at stake here.
"Potential 2012 candidates can point to their 2010 travel and fundraising efforts when they're asked 'where were you when we needed you?' by elected Republicans and activists whose support they're courting in caucuses and primaries just over a year from now," says Kevin Madden, a Republican strategist who was national press secretary for Romney's 2008 presidential campaign.
So does the end of the midterm election cycle bring a start to next race for the White House?
Yes and no.
Many of the bigger names who may launch a bid for the presidency have said they won't decide on a White House run until early next year. But some of the lesser known candidates may launch exploratory committees soon after the midterms, as some did in the last cycle. And get ready for a pick up in the frequency of 2012 presidential polling.
"We all probably agree it will be too soon to start speculating about 2012 starting on November 3, but that won't stop folks from doing it anyway," adds Madden.
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