Romney to return to New Hampshire for next primary night
April 21st, 2012
10:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney to return to New Hampshire for next primary night

(CNN) - Likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will mark his first primary night without a major challenger by returning to the state that gave him his first win of the cycle, New Hampshire.

Romney will be in New Hampshire on Tuesday for an event his campaign bills as "A Better America Begins Tonight" as votes from five states - Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island - are counted and announced.

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The Granite State was Romney's first victory this year after he lost the first contest, Iowa, by a slim margin to Rick Santorum.

Santorum, a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, withdrew from the GOP field ahead of his home state's vote, as fund-raising slowed, the math appeared stacked against him, and his young daughter was hospitalized for the second time since he began campaigning.

Contested primaries are all but in Romney's rear-view mirror, with only former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul remaining in the race. Neither appear likely to win the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

A campaign aide told CNN that the Granite State is "where the campaign kicked off, and we see this Tuesday as when the general will kick off - so are going back to where it all started."

In New Hampshire, Romney occasionally appeared alongside an endorser floated as a possible vice presidential pick: first-term U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte. Romney will campaign Monday in Pennsylvania with another senator and possible pick, Marco Rubio of Florida.

- CNN's Rachel Streitfeld and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    We all should fear what the Republican primary has shown. The Supreme Court's ruling means democracy is so much more controlled by the wishes of the rich and powerful. I didn't agree with the followers of Paul, Gingrich or Santorum. but to see them cast aside by the overpowering 50 to 1 spending might of the Koch brothers et. al. was sobering. It's as if the messages and ideologies of those candidates meant nothing – smothered by the lies and dirty tricks the the Romney campaign. Make no mistake, a vote for Romney is a vote for greed and power rather than ideology. The 99% needs to rally together, because the 1% now has a way to drown out the voices of the people.

    April 21, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  2. ElleM

    wasn't it during the 8 Bush years that jobs left this country?The globalist republicans didn't care then that the US economy would suffer. How do you bring back those jobs when the factories closed here and bright new factories opened in China, India Mexico. Etc etc The depth of the damage done when our manufacturing left this country will take more than a few years to fix! The tax cuts didn't do a damn thing. This was the Republican legacy to this country. So we should elect them again as if they didn't do enough damage....

    April 22, 2012 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  3. Skip Skeptic

    If another survey for the GOP VP would happen, I'd tell in Ayote as "Do Not Know". Real obscure for me.

    April 22, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  4. John

    GOP are 15% behind in the women's vote. More women vote than men. GOP are 70% behind in the Latino vote.
    There is no path to victory for the GOP with those numbers. If anyone tells you different they are not telling you the truth. The continuous GOP war on women and Latinos has certainly backfired......

    April 22, 2012 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  5. Thomas

    Tweet of the day from Tagg Romney

    The car elevator is so cool , Can it go sideways ?

    April 22, 2012 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  6. king

    Romney going to Connecticut, to blame Obama for the dismal economy going on there since he took office, and how conecricutians need to fight against him because he has made Connecticut worst after the Connecticut fell off the side of the cliff when he took office. He will say the 1, 2 pinch of Obama didn't work, and the Connecticut dismal economy is the proof. I wonder if mitten has checked out Connecticut lately. Owe I forgot, any improvement in Connecticut, mitten will rack up to the governor. Obama gets no credit for good things only the bad._

    April 22, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  7. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Mitt McCain has the teabagger Koch,Rove wingnuts frozen in terror. They know that he is toast in Nov. Obama/Biden 2012!

    April 22, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    B.S. Bain capital idiot.

    April 22, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  9. Dave

    Obama called Bush unpatriotic for creating more debt. What does $5 trillion in 4 years make Obama? Romney 2012!

    April 22, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |