Romney Headed West: Raising Cash in California

Sunset on California coast

California, here he comes!

Returning from the *presidential debate and campaigning in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney will be working his way through Colorado, Utah, and California to campaign and raise cash. He will be in The Golden State next week:

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is taking a fundraising swing through California next week, hosting events in at least five cities, according to a campaign memo obtained by The Times.
Romney will raise money at stops in Sacramento, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire between June 21 and 23.

The memo also includes a partial list of the candidate’s state finance committee chairs, including prominent Republicans such as failed gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman (who used to work for Romney), former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy, prominent homebuilder William Lyon, former MGM Studios Chairman Harry E. Sloan, and Tony Pritzker (whose sister Penny was the 2008 national finance chairperson of President Obama’s campaign).

Californians were generous with Romney in his unsuccessful 2008 bid, contributing more than $8 million to his primary battle with Sen. John McCain, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

It’s unclear how much the three-day swing will net Romney, but an invitation to a June 21 barbecue at McNealy’s Portola Valley home calls for a suggested contribution of $1,000 to $10,000 per person.
The California trip is sandwiched between similar events in Colorado and Utah.

(emphasis added)

Californians are dealing with 11.9% unemployment, a flat housing market, high gasoline/food prices, and a state budget deficit exceeding $15 billion. Too bad they let Meg Whitman slip out of their fingers. Ah well, their loss is our gain. Glad to see she’s helping Mitt in Cali…

*Presidential debate… Margaret Carlson (Bloomberg) has penned my favorite summary:

At this week’s debate in New Hampshire, Romney was a mighty oak planted at center stage, with little saplings arrayed around him.

► Jayde Wyatt

PPP Primary Polls in 6 States; Romney Leads in 4

PPP has unleashed their first wave of polls for the GOP 2012 Presidential Primary Race. The states included in this wave are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

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Mitt edges the competition in 4 of the 6 states… not bad. He seems to hold strong in New England and in the West. Huckabee garners the lead in the two Midwest states included.

Quick placement tally:
Romney takes 4 golds; 1 silver; and 1 fourth place
Huckabee 2 golds; 2 silvers; 1 bronze and 1 fourth place
Palin 3 silvers; 2 bronze; and 1 fourth place
Gingrich: 2 silvers, 4 bronze

There are mountains of cross-tabs provided at the original source; too many to include here.

Good primary news, plus good Romney vs. Obama polls from CNN… things are looking great for MITT ’12.

~Nate G.

Mitt Romney’s October Kick-off: Campaigns in Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Idaho

Blogging about Mitt Romney is a lot like trying to run with famous racehorse, Seabiscuit. You know you’ll have to work hard to keep up with him, once in awhile you feel like you’re pulling even, then, before you know it, he’s left you four lengths behind - eating dust!

Here’s a catch-up look at a few highlights from Romney’s campaigning of the last week (not a comprehensive week-in-review because there’s simply too much!).

October 1st

› Florida - Romney Wows Crowd at The Villages, FL

Romney campaigns in Florida for Rick Scott and Marco Rubio

October 4th

› Colorado and New Mexico - Romney hits the road for Ken Buck (CO) and Susana Martinez (NM).

Romney says thanks for 600,000 facebook likes with Susana Martinez in NM:

October 5th

› Arizona - Romney participates in a luncheon fundraiser for GOP candidates Paul Gosar, Jesse Kelly, Ben Quayle, and David Schweikert.

› Utah - Mitt Romney Endorses Gov. Herbert, Speaks of Political Future

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October 6th

› Idaho
Idaho Falls
- Romney speaks to business leaders at Melaleuca on behalf of Gov Otter.

Boise - Romney speaks again for Gov Otter.

› Nevada - Romney stumps for GOP candidates in Las Vegas including NV Lt. Gov Brian Krolicki, U.S. Congress candidate Joe Heck. Later, he headlined a fundraiser for NV gubernatorial hopeful Brian Sandoval.

Nevada News Bureau 10/6/10 - Romney and Heck comment while touring Las Vegas Color Graphics:

National Review online:

Romney brushed aside questions about his future political plans, saying he is concentrating on helping get people like Heck, Krolicki, Sharron Angle, and gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval elected.
In a statement that gave a glimpse of a future campaign that would appeal to angry Tea Party types, Romney went out of his way to admit that Republicans are in part responsible for the huge federal deficits and runaway government spending, while distancing himself from those decisions.

“We spent too much. We allowed government to get too big when we were in charge. I didn’t happen to be part of that team, but I think that has been a real issue,” said Romney.

UPDATE 10/8/10 - Read Gov Romney’s blog: Traveling to Las Vegas for Joe Heck and Brian Krolicki


Romney is a racehorse.

Hope he runs for president.

H/t: Frank for Romney Wows Crowd at the Villages link and Bosman for ID videos.
Double h/t: Frank and Bosman for all-around Romney info sharing.

► Jayde Wyatt

New Endorsements from Mitt Romney: Colorado, Washington, Wyoming

One thing is for sure. Governor Romney isn’t lollygagging around on Lake Winnipesaukee this summer. After just writing an excellent op-ed piece on Obama’s economic blundering, he’s announced ‘thumbs-up’ for nine more new candidates in three states:

A press release from Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC highlights hopefuls from the Equality State - Wyoming:

Matt Mead: Matt Mead, a small business owner and former U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, is now running to becomeWyoming’s next Governor. For more information about him and his campaign, visit

Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis: Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis currently represents Wyoming’s Congressional District and is running for reelection. For more information about her and her campaign, visit

“Too many of our leaders are intent on enacting policies that will grow the size of government and further stall our economic recovery. Wyoming – and our nation – needs fiscally conservative leaders like Mead and Lummis who will work to turn our ailing economy around, and put people back to work,” said Romney.

The PAC also announced that it is sending Mead’s gubernatorial campaign a $5,000 contribution and Lummis’s Congressional campaign a $2,500 contribution.

Candidates endorsed by Romney in The Centennial State (Colorado) include Ken Buck (nominee for Senate), House Rep nominees Scott Tipton (3), Cory Gardner (4th) and Ryan Frazier (7th district), John Suthers (state Attorney General nominee) and Walker Stapleton (nominee state Treasurer).

Hailing from The Evergreen State (Washington), Senate nominee Dino Rossi, characterized by Romney as one who “will stand up to the Washington culture of higher spending, higher debt, and higher taxes” has also been endorsed.

Also, when the leaves begin to turn colors, Romney will be heading to The Hawkeye State to campaign with former Iowa Republican Governor Terry Branstad.

It’s important to take a moment to learn more about these candidates. Click on their links to learn more about ways you can help (money is always needed!)

With Romney charging ahead, the march to take back Congress continues…

Primary Election Results Chat: Karen Handel vs. Nathan Deal in Georgia; Plus Connecticut, Minnesota and Colorado

It’s primary election night, and that means the chat room is up! The big race many will be watching is the runoff between Karen Handel (Romney and Palin endorsed) versus Nathan Deal (Huckabee and Gingrich endorsed). We’ll post updates in the chat throughout the evening. ENJOY!

The chatbox has been moved back to the sidebar. Thanks to all who participated last night. We will most likely do it again on August 24th for the primary elections in FL, AZ, AK, and VT.

Selected results from last night:
Georgia Governor Runoff (GOP): Nathan Deal 50.2% - Karen Handel 49.8%
Colorado Senate (GOP): Ken Buck 51.6% - Jane Norton 48.4%
Colorado Governor (GOP): Dan Maes 50.7% - Scott McInnis 49.3%
Connecticut Governor (GOP): Tom Foley 42.3% - Michael Fedele 39.0% - Oz Griebel 18.6%

For full results click here.

Romney Garners 31% Lead Over Huckabee, Palin in Early Florida Poll

Yes, of course it is very early to place huge stock in such polls, but we can’t help but be drawn to any early indication of what might possibly happen in 2012. With that in mind I present the results of the Public Policy Polling‘s survey of Florida Republican primary voters:

If the Republican candidates for President in 2012 were Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Mitt Romney who would you vote for?
52% Mitt Romney
21% Mike Huckabee
18% Sarah Palin
14% Undecided

I don’t think I need to remind our readers how important of state Florida in the primary schedules with it’s 57 winner-takes-all delegates. Cross-tabs from the survey show that results are basically the same whether the polled Republicans were of conservative, moderate, or liberal ideology.

Not to be excluded from the report is the great news that Romney also holds large lead in an identical poll Colorado. This one isn’t quite headline news as Romney overwhelmingly won Colorado in the 2008 primary caucus. The results for Colorado PPP poll:

44% Mitt Romney
25% Sarah Palin
17% Mike Huckabee
14% Undecided

For full results of the Florida and Colorado polls, including cross-tabs, click here.

Other recent polls:
PPP Texas:
32% Mitt Romney
29% Mike Huckabee
23% Sarah Palin
15% Undecided

PPP New Mexico:
33% Mitt Romney
32% Sarah Palin
18% Mike Huckabee
17% Undecided

For full results of the Feb. 26 Texas and New Mexico polls, including cross-tabs, click here.

Magellan Strategies California,
31% Romney
18% Palin
13% Huckabee
12% Gingrich
08% Paul
03% Other
03% Pawlenty
12% Undecided

For full results of the March 4 California poll, including cross-tabs, click here.

Mitt ’12!

~Nate Gunderson

(HT to BOSMAN, one of our readers for the story.)

Hugh Hewitt Envisions Either a Romney or Pawlenty VP

To be more precise, he’s actually guessing it’s most likely Romney, but that it should for sure be one of those two.

In Hugh Hewitt post from yesterday, “’s Map and the Veepstakes” he is drawing roughly the same conclusions that I did on Wednesday regarding the Electoral Map.

Hugh says it best so I will add no more:

The weak Obama states are: Colorado, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Ohio, which represent 38 electoral votes. Move those four states into McCain’s column, and he becomes the president.

The vice presidential nominee most likely to impact those four states most likely to shift towards McCain from Obama is Mitt Romney, who won three of the four GOP contests in them.

McCain can indeed win the presidency with an excellent campaign in the fall, the first major decision of which will be the veep selection. Since it is obvious that he truly wants to be president, and because the risk to the country is so large from his losing, I expect McCain will pick one of these two men and probably Romney on the Monday after the Democrats leave Denver.

He did say some very good things about Pawlenty, as well as talk about Michigan, but I left them out to avoid copying and pasting the whole blogpost, but it can be read here.

I guess I will add one thing, just the fact that Romney did raise the most money in Ohio of any candidate in either party.

~Nate Gunderson

High on Romney in the Rockies

I loved this article about the reactions to Romney while out in Colorado. Check out these quotes:

Many people who came to the El Paso County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner on Wednesday had not made up their minds on Mitt Romney.

Romney, however, seemed to dispel many of those doubts during a 35-minute address to a 700-person crowd at The Broadmoor hotel.

“God, he sounds like Ronald Reagan,” former state Sen. Ed Jones said. “I really like what I hear, and right now I’m just going to be listening and watching.”

“The word’s going to get out tomorrow: ‘This guy is very articulate, he is a conservative,’” Suthers said. “I think he’s going to play very well in El Paso County.”

I’ve been saying it for months now: when people actually get to see and hear Romney he wins them over.

(hat tip: Hugh Hewitt)

Endorsement Alert: Senator Wayne Allard Supporting Gov. Romney

Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced that U.S. Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) has endorsed his campaign for President of the United States.

“Senator Allard’s record of leadership and commitment to change make him a valuable addition to my campaign team. In Congress, he has fought to restrain spending while working to ensure that Americans are safe at home and abroad. Senator Allard understands, as I do, that we must bring innovation and transformation to Washington if we are to meet the new generation of challenges facing our country today,” said Governor Romney.

Senator Allard joins Senators Bob Bennett (R-UT), Larry Craig (R-ID), Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) among Governor Romney’s supporters in the U.S. Senate.

“After reviewing Governor Romney’s impressive resume and having the opportunity to visit one-on-one with him about his vision of innovation and change for America, I am proud to announce my endorsement of him,” said Senator Allard. “Governor Romney will bring a much needed breath of fresh air to Washington, something the country really desires.”