Mitt Romney becomes first GOP presidential candidate on West Virginia ballot (video)

By westvirginia on January 9, 2012
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Pictured (from left to right) Donna Gosney, Bill Phillips, Wendy McCuskey, Del. Bob Ashley and wife Anita, and state Sen. Donna Boley. (Photo/Steven Allen Adams)

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s primary isn’t until May, but former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is now on the ballot; the first presidential candidate to file.

The West Virginia Secretary of State‘s office opened this morning for the first day of candidate filings. The candidate filing period closes at midnight on Jan. 28.

Delivering Romney’s paperwork and check were campaign co-chairs Bill Phillips, state Sen. Donna Boley (R-Pleasants), Del. Bob Ashley (R-Roane), Republican National Committeewoman Donna Gosney, and Wendy McCuskey, state director for the Romney campaign in 2008.

“The Romney campaign is prepared for a long primary,” Phillips said. “We’re prepared for whatever it takes to win that nomination, and that’s the reason we filed early here today. It’s a matter of no state is too small or too late in the process. We’re prepared to work our way straight through to the convention floor.”

Romney won the Iowa Caucus last week, beating former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum by a small margin. Tomorrow is the New Hampshire primary, where Romney has been polling high. According to a poll released last week by Watchdog.org, New Hampsire favors Romney by 37 percent, followed by Texas Congressman Ron Paul with 19 percent and former ambassador Jon Huntsman with 16 percent.

“I think Governor Romney is doing superbly,” Phillips said. “He has had some good days and tomorrow we expect a big victory in New Hampshire.”

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