(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will head back to Iowa, the first voting state in the 2012 presidential contest, on November 23, according to a Romney campaign official.
The former Massachusetts governor last appeared in the Hawkeye State on November 7.
Romney has focused more of his efforts in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state, than in Iowa and will skip the Family Leader forum on November 19. Rival candidates Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann are scheduled to attend the event.
But Romney, who is making his second bid for the White House, has said he would "love to win Iowa" and will continue to campaign in the state that he lost to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in the January 2008 caucuses.
"Governor Romney will be in Iowa enough to show he's the best candidate to beat President Obama on jobs and the economy," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul recently told CNN. "We've been here before and we've always said we would be back. We want to win wherever Governor Romney's name is on the ballot."
- CNN Political Coverage Manager Steve Brusk contributed to this report.