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Romney Moves To New Hampshire

Hmmm, wonder why he’d be interested in doing that…

From National Journal:

Former MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R), who is writing a book on the direction of the country and has signed on to be one of the national spokesmen for the upstart National Council for a New America, which aims to revive the GOP, appears to be taking a third step in possibly positioning for another run for the White House–making his primary residence at the family home in New Hampshire, the site of the first-in-the-nation presidential contest.

Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said that the former governor is in the process of opening up the Lake Winnipesaukee house this month and “will be spending more time on the East Coast.” Since last year’s election, Romney has been busy selling houses in Utah and Belmont, MA.

Asked where Romney will establish a primary residence for the purposes of paying taxes and voting, Fehrnstrom demurred. “I have no announcements to make on residency,” he said. “He just recently closed on selling his Belmont house and, as of now, he’s still registered to vote in Massachusetts.”

Here’s the thing…Romney knows Mike Huckabee has a lock on Iowa in 2012 and so he absolutely needs to win New Hampshire to go on to claim the GOP crown.

So this is a pretty smart strategic move because he can have that state locked down tight by the time primary season rolls around. And that means he can then focus on other contests beyond that one to get the momentum going into Super Tuesday.

More as it develops…

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    You know, maybe Romney’s not eyeing 2012, and is looking at 2010, and 2016 instead. It’s gonna be a wicked uphill climb for any Republican to defeat Obama, assuming he doesn’t royally screw up.

    Perhaps Romney is looking at Judd Gregg’s seat… and then the presidency in 2016.

    People could point to carpetbagging, but Romney’s had long ties to the state of New Hampshire before residency was established. I don’t think it’d be too hard a sell.

  • kranky kritter

    Umm, this article says he sold his MA home and opened up his existing vacation home.

    Romney just needs to show frontrunner status early, he doesn;t need a W in NH.