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Mitt Romney planning to close out his campaign where it began: New Hampshire

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Mitt Romney is planning to close out his presidential campaign in the same state where it all began: New Hampshire.

On Monday night, in the final hours before voters head to the polls, Romney is planning to hold his last rally at the Verizon Center in Manchester, N.H. Kid Rock, who has endorsed Romney and whose song “Born Free” has been Romney’s campaign anthem, is expected to play.

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The Granite State has been a constant throughout Romney’s campaign. He launched his bid from a farm in Stratham. On the election night when it became clear that he had secured the Republican nomination, he delivered a speech from the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

Romney also has a house on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, and has frequently retreated there after long weeks on the campaign trail.

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But while President Obama has lavished attention on the state – and has a narrow lead in recent polls -- Romney has also not returned to New Hampshire in about two months. He had planned to hold a rally on Tuesday, but it was canceled because of the storm.

The New Hampshire rally will be a coda on a final few days of barnstorming across the country. Romney’s campaign plans to kick that off at a rally Friday night in Ohio. In a suburb of Cincinnati, Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, are planning to gather with 100 of his top surrogates.

After the rally, the surrogates – governors, senators, mayors, and others -- will travel in groups to campaign in 11 states. The states Romney will be targeting include: Colorado, Ohio, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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One state not on that list is Minnesota, which the Romney campaign has recently suggested they may try to contest.

Matt Viser can be reached at maviser@globe.com.
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