Mitt Romney is making his run for the White House official next week. The former Massachusetts governor—who is the GOP's front-runner in the latest Gallup poll—plans to formally announce his candidacy at a barbecue hosted by Republican stalwarts in New Hampshire next Thursday, the Union-Leader reports.
Romney will be the first 2012 hopeful to make a formal announcement in New Hampshire, where a recent poll put him in first place with 32% of possible votes, compared with 9% for second-place Ron Paul. Romney, who dropped out of the 2008 race after coming in second to John McCain in the Super Tuesday primaries, "has the experience to create jobs and grow the economy, and he is the strongest Republican to defeat President Obama in 2012,” an aide says. (Read more Election 2012 stories.)