Romney rises in poll, keeps focus on N.H.
Bill Richardson
Governor, NM
Born: 11/15/1947
Birthplace: Pasedena, CA
Home: Santa Fe, NM
Religion: Catholic
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EXETER Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is headed to New Hampshire this weekend a state where he continues to gain ground over his republican competitors.

A poll released this week by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center showed Romney with 33 percent of the support of likely granite state voters. Giuliani was Romney's closest competitor, with the support of 18 percent of those polled.

"Romney's strategy of concentrating his campaigning in New Hampshire and spending on television here is working for him, especially as the other Republican candidates have been spending much of their time in other states," said Andrew Smith, Director of the UNH Survey Center. "However, when the other Republicans decide to focus on New Hampshire, support for them will likely increase."

Bruce Keough, Romney's New Hampshire Chairman, also pointed to the governor's consistent presence in New Hampshire as a reason for his strong poll numbers.

"He's continued to place a high priority on doing well in New Hampshire," said Keough, who also credited Romney's message for change in Washington.

"What I hear from a lot of people is that yes, they care about each candidate's positions on the issues, but they also want somebody that can go to Washington and act on those positions and get those things done," said Keough.

Prior to his stop in Exeter, Romney will visit Brown's Lobster Pound in Seabrook at 4:30 p.m.

"I think he's talking about issues that matter to people," said Keough.

The most recent UNH poll also indicates that a large majority of voters have not made a final decision on who they will vote for in the Republican primary. Seven percent of likely Republican primary voters say they have definitely decided who they will vote for, 22 percent say they are leaning toward a candidate, and 71 percent say they are still trying to decide who to support, according to the survey.

CAMPAIGN STOP

Mitt Romney's trip through the Granite State on Sunday includes stops in Nashua, Salem, Kingston, Seabrook and ends in Exeter where he will hold an "ask Mitt anything" town hall meeting at the Town Hall at 5:45 p.m.




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