Romney said he is confident he will win New Hampshire Tuesday. (Photo Credit: AP)
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney, brimming with optimism on the morning of the New Hampshire primary, was in an unusually breezy mood with reporters Tuesday, saying he is "more confident than ever" he will win the Republican vote.
"I can't guarantee anything, but I'm telling you I feel more confident than ever before that we're going to win the New Hampshire primary," he said during a photo-op at a polling station in Derry.
Pressed about the reasons for his ebullient mood, Romney didn't talk numbers but pointed to anecdotal evidence about undecided voters leaning his way. He cited words of encouragement he received following his debate performance on Sunday night.
This wasn't the same straight-laced, disciplined candidate many reporters covering Romney have grown accustomed to.
At five different campaign stops Tuesday morning, he was outgoing and chatty with the press, and at his last two stops in Salem and Derry he welcomed reporter questions and went out of his way to hint at a New Hampshire victory.
"I'm planning on winning today, no guarantees, but I'm planning on winning today," he said in Salem.
The comments were surprising because Romney has carefully kept expectations low since arriving in the Granite State last Friday morning.
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- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby