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Romney tries to close the sale in New Hampshire


CONCORD, N.H. -- With polls showing Newt Gingrich surging ahead as the first candidate to be within 20 points of Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, Romney is kicking his campaign in the Granite State into high gear, as he hopes to close the deal a month out from the primary.

The former Massachusetts governor's campaign is blanketing the state's 10 counties with its first endorsement-focused mailer. According to the campaign, Sen. Kelly Ayotte -- who recently endorsed Romney -- and her husband will be featured prominently on one side of the all the literature. On the flip side, Romney will appear in a photograph with a Republican leader from each respective county, including sheriffs, state representatives and executive councilors. The postcard is expected to land in mailboxes this week. (Here's the mailer.)

Romney worked with hundreds of volunteers and knock on doors last Saturday in Manchester. The campaign said the volunteers also made thousands of phone calls as part of an effort that Romney hopes will demonstrate he is not taking his support for granted this cycle.

"Our campaign has spent months recruiting and building a strong grassroots organization," Romney spokesman Ryan Williams. "In the final weeks, we intend to activate our grassroots network in order to ensure Gov. Romney wins the primary. Our grassroots is second to none in New Hampshire."

On Sunday, Romney returns to the Granite State to take questions from New Hampshire voters in a town hall-style meeting at the Hudson VFW as part of conservative activist Jennifer Horn's final event in the "We the People Freedom Forum" candidate series.

The mailer and town hall come in the midst of Romney's on-air blitz, featuring a new ad, "Leader," airing across the state.

Meanwhile, other presidential campaigns are also doubling down in the final stretch to the Jan. 10 primary. Jon Huntsman will participate in a town-hall meeting in Milford Thursday evening. Gingrich returns to New Hampshire on Monday for a town hall and Lincoln-Douglas style debate with Huntsman, along with an editorial board meeting with the Nashua Telegraph.