Romney Formally Becomes Candidate In N.H.

Mitt Romney has made it official in New Hampshire. He's a candidate in the state's Republican presidential primary.

The former Massachusetts governor formally submitted paperwork to the state's top election official Monday morning. Romney, who made an unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination in 2008, joked that he hopes "it sticks this time."

He becomes the latest Republican candidate to submit his paperwork to the New Hampshire secretary of state.

Former Gov. John H. Sununu was at Romney's side. Sununu, the former chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, endorsed Romney over the weekend.

"This team of people around me, this is the volunteer team that's going to turn out voters on primary day, which, by the way, will be the first primary in the nation, as it ought to be," Romney said.

There was never any doubt that New Hampshire's would be the first primary. The only question was when New Hampshire would go. Now that Nevada has decided to delay its caucuses, New Hampshire is expected to hold its primary Jan. 10, 2012.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

This article was originally published on October 24, 2011.

This program aired on October 24, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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