Debate a chance to keep momentum
Mitt Romney (R)
Former Governor, MA
Born: 03/12/1947
Birthplace: Michigan, CT
Home: Belmont, MA
Religion: Mormon
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PORTSMOUTH — Following the first Republican primary debate, the campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney received a huge boost.

Within minutes of the debate's conclusion, pundits and analysts suggested Romney was the winner, and his poll numbers subsequently improved.

Since announcing his intent to run for president, Romney had trailed both Sen. John McCain and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in most polls. However, following the debate, Romney jumped ahead of his top two rivals.

This Tuesday, Romney will again have an opportunity to debate his competitors in the year's first New Hampshire debate.

"These forums are an excellent opportunity for the governor to introduce his ideas and vision to people across the country," said Romney campaign spokeswoman Sarah Pompei. "We expect his ideas for conservative change in Washington will continue to resonate with voters."

Romney made his second visit to the Seacoast earlier this past week when he spoke to members of the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association. During his speech, Romney touted his ability to work with Democrats as a result of being a Republican governor in a traditionally Democratic state.