Posted: October 30, 2007 5:58 PM
Romney Clinches Gregg Endorsement, Leads in N.H. and Iowa Polls
Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., announced his endorsement of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at a rally in Concord, N.H. on Monday. Gregg, the senior senator from the Granite State who served as governor before heading to Washington, also endorsed President Bush and his father.
As the Politico’s Jonathan Martin pointed out, the endorsement comes at a critical time for the campaign, which has been leading in New Hampshire polls due to heavy early television advertising but has recently watched rivals Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani gain momentum. However, a St. Anselm College poll released last week had Romney still leading the field with 32 percent, followed by Giuliani at 22 percent and McCain at 15 percent, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.
Good news for the campaign also came by way of polling in Iowa, another early primary state. An Associated Press poll of 285 likely GOP voters in Iowa showed Romney maintaining a strong lead among the other Republican presidential contenders with 36 percent, followed by Giuliani and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with 13 percent each.
While campaigning in Iowa last week, Romney continued to criticize Democratic presidential contenders, including front-runner New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. When an audience member asked Romney if he would support a Halloween event the person was planning, Romney joked that the event could be “Hillary’s House of Horrors” and include the “raise your tax room” and the “weaker military’ room.”
Romney turned to the topic of business at campaign stops in South Carolina last week. The former venture capitalist unveiled his Strategy for a Stronger America, which emphasizes open markets and empowerment of the American worker. The campaign also released a television commercial, Business World, to run in South Carolina that touts Romney’s experience managing budgets.
Looking ahead, Romney will campaign in Iowa over the next three days, before heading to Ohio Friday night for a fund-raiser.