Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – What a difference a few weeks make for Newt Gingrich's campaign.
Just two weeks ago the former House speaker's campaign turned in what looked like a scratch sheet of proposed delegates to the national convention, in contrast to the more complete and neatly organized lists submitted by other campaigns.
Gingrich's paperwork, filed with the secretary of state on Nov. 18, provided a snapshot of his strength on the ground in New Hampshire just as his campaign began to rise in popularity.
All candidates for the primary must submit a list of supporters who agree to serve as convention delegates. The campaigns for Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul all turned in neatly type-written lists of 40 names - 20 who would serve as delegates and 20 alternates. Romney's list, in particular, included notable state politicos such as a former governor and former senator.
Gingrich's campaign filed only 27 names - 14 delegates and 13 alternates. The names are sloppily handwritten, with mistakes crossed out and an arrow pointing to one name that seemed to have been left off the list originally.
New Hampshire delegates are awarded proportionally, so it is unlikely any candidate would need a full 20 delegates. Neither Michele Bachmann nor Rick Santorum submitted a full list of 40 names.
The story was first reported by former GOP state party chair Fergus Cullen in the online publication NH Journal.
In the past several weeks, Gingrich has launched a comeback that showed him rising significantly in New Hampshire polls. The candidate hired a raft of staffers and opened a campaign headquarters in Manchester, signaling he would continue to open offices in the state.
He also landed a high-profile endorsement from the New Hampshire Union Leader, the only state-wide newspaper here and a sign of conservative support.
A New Hampshire spokesman for Gingrich released a response to the story pointing to the candidate's grass-roots support in the state.
"This is just one more example, in a growing list, as to how we are running a different type of campaign," said Mattheau LeDuc in the statement. "We are not looking to file a long list of people, as many other campaigns do, to appear as a 'who's who' of politics."
The Romney campaign seized the opportunity to take a dig at Gingrich, and touted the former Massachusetts governor's painstaking political operation in the state.
"Our campaign was able to fill out our entire delegate slate because we have a number of enthusiastic supporters who are eager to represent Gov. Romney at the RNC convention," said spokesman Ryan Williams. "Our team has built a grass roots organization that is second to none and will help Gov. Romney build the support that is needed to win the primary."