MANCHESTER, N.H. — Fresh from the narrowest of victories in the Iowa caucuses, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney picked up the endorsement of Sen. John McCain on Wednesday as he seeks a more convincing win in the New Hampshire primary.
“I’m here to make sure we make Mitt Romney the next president,” Mr. McCain, Arizona Republican, said at an appearance with Mr. Romney at Central High School in this state’s largest city. “New Hampshire is the state that will catapult him on to victory.”
The Iowa results showed that Mr. Romney, who received nearly the same number of votes as he did in 2008, still is having trouble winning over conservatives. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas finished a close third.
As the campaign shifted from Iowa to New Hampshire for Tuesday’s primary, the GOP candidates were retooling.
One, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, dropped out after a dismal finish in Iowa.
As they hit the ground Wednesday in New Hampshire, all of Mr. Romney’s challengers were confronted with six days to cut into his large lead in the polls.
“Do we think we can get more than an eight-vote margin here in New Hampshire?” he asked the audience of about 200. “I think so. I’m going to try.”
Mr. McCain is a popular figure in New Hampshire, the scene of his stunning upset of George W. Bush in the 2000 GOP presidential primary. Mr. Romney, who owns a home in New Hampshire, also has received the endorsement in the Granite State of former Gov. John Sununu.View Entire Story
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Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at email@example.com.
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