Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mitt Romney, slipping in the GOP polls, visits Wyoming

From Jeremy Pelzer's story in the Casper Star-Tribune:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will hold a pair of fundraisers and make his first public Wyoming campaign stop of the 2012 election season Thursday in western Wyoming.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts who easily won the 2008 Wyoming Republican presidential caucuses, will hold a meet and greet at the Afton Civic Center starting at 1:15 p.m., according to campaign spokesman Ryan Williams.

Earlier that morning, Romney will attend a private $2,500-per-head fundraiser at the Star Valley Trout Ranch near Afton, according to Afton Civic Center events coordinator Justin Visser.

On Thursday evening, Romney will attend a fundraiser in Wilson, Williams said. Williams declined to provide details about that fundraiser.

Despite his strong showing in the 2008 Wyoming presidential caucuses, Romney ultimately lost the Republican nomination that year to U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. In the general election, McCain won Wyoming by 32 percentage points - his best showing of any state - but lost to then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill.

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