(CNN)–Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will formally announce his intentions to seek the GOP nomination for president in 2012 next Thursday, a campaign spokesperson tells CNN.
And the soon-to-be-announced candidate confirmed it himself on Twitter late Wednesday.
“Making it official next week at the Scamman Farm in New Hampshire,” he tweeted.
New Hampshire is a critical state for Romney, who also announced his presidential exploratory committee in April from the first-in-the-nation primary state.
He suffered a loss there during his previous run for president in 2008 to John McCain, who went on to win the Republican presidential nomination. But he’s banking on a boost from the crucial state to propel him through the primary season.
Romney tops a new Gallup poll of the GOP presidential field with 17 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents saying they would support him for their party's nomination–more than any other candidate. It is the first poll conducted since former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and real estate mogul Donald Trump announced they would not seek the nomination.
And when it comes to cash, Romney’s campaign received significant support when it hauled in $10.25 million at a day-long phone bank fundraising event in Las Vegas. Approximately 800 participants in the eight-hour "Call Day" phoned donors across the country.
But he’s faced open criticism from colleagues in the GOP and already-announced candidates for the statewide health care plan ushered in during his tenure as governor of Massachusetts. Romney’s plan has largely been credited as the precursor to health care reform implemented by the Obama administration—a fact the president continues to trumpet.
And a recent speech the businessman gave to outline the differences between his plan as governor, federal health care reform, and what he would do if he were president appeared to do little to silence his critics.
Romney will get the chance to further hone his message Friday, June 3, when he addresses the Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing, a cattle-call for presidential hopefuls held in Washington, D.C. It is hosted by Ralph Reed, the founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, and billed as the “top destination for conservative activists who want to learn how to beat the Left.”
When he announces his candidacy, Romney will join former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson as official candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.