In poll after poll this primary cycle, Mitt Romney has led New Hampshire, sometimes by as many as 20 to 30 points. He has courted the state, campaigning and building up a formidable organization, and has snapped up crucial endorsements from New Hampshire heavyweights such as Sen. Kelly Ayotte and former governor John Sununu. And it doesn’t hurt that he owns a home on the state’s Lake Winnipesaukee and often vacations there.
But now, armed with the New Hampshire Union Leader endorsement, Gingrich is poised to become Romney’s top rival in a state renowned for overturning conventional expectations of primary results. John McCain shot to an unexpected victory here in 2000, as did Hillary Clinton in 2008. And if the stars align, Gingrich may just be able to pull off the same stunt.
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