[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/18/art.romney.0606y.gi.jpg caption ="Mitt Romney is kicking off a 25 state tour."](CNN) - Mitt Romney is kicking off a tour on behalf of fellow Republicans running in this November's midterm elections that will take the former Massachusetts governor to 25 states across the country over the next ten weeks.
The tour, first reported by the Boston Globe and confirmed by a senior Romney adviser, kicks off Tuesday night when he attends a fundraiser in Boston for New Hampshire's Republican Party.
The event is the third time over the past month that Romney has helped raise money for New Hampshire Republicans. The state plays an important role in presidential primary process, thanks to New Hampshire's traditional role of holding the nation's first primary.
Romney ran for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination and is considered a likely bet to make another bid for the White House in 2012.
"We can't set a new course for America unless we change some of our political leadership. Governor Romney wants to do everything he can to be helpful to Republican candidates who are running on pro-growth platforms that promise less spending, lower taxes and a stronger economy," Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom tells CNN.
If nothing else, traveling to 25 states to campaign with GOP candidates will make Romney very visible in the months leading up to the unofficial kickoff of the next presidential run. The kickoff of the tour follows a meeting Romney had last weekend in New Hampshire with many of the staffers from his 2008 presidential campaign.
Of all the possible contenders for the next Republican presidential nomination, Romney appears to have the strongest organization at this very early moment. According to a Fehrnstrom, Romney's political action committee has endorsed over 150 Republican candidates and contributed more than $400,000 to conservative candidates and causes this election cycle.
And according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey conducted earlier this month, when Republican voters, at this early stage, were asked to choose among a list of nine potential GOP White House hopefuls, 21 percent said they would support Romney for their party's 2012 nomination, with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at 18 percent. Romney's three-point advantage over the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee was within the survey's sampling error. The poll indicated that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was in third place at 15 percent, one point ahead of former Arkansas Gov. and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
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