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Mitt Romney to make 1st campaign Michigan stops

Published: Tuesday, June 7 2011 1:05 p.m. MDT

FILE In this June 2, 2011 photo, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announces he is running for President of the United States,during a campaign event at Bittersweet Farm in Stratham, N.H.   A gathering of religious conservatives drew nearly all the GOP presidential hopefuls to a single stage, a claim that a South Carolina debate and a well-publicized forum in New Hampshire couldn't make about their recent events.  The Faith and Freedom Coalition's two-day conference proved that the religious right still plays a major role in the nominating process, even if it's less organized than during the Christian Coalition's heyday and economic issues are dominating the early campaign.   (Stephan Savoia, Associated Press) FILE In this June 2, 2011 photo, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announces he is running for President of the United States,during a campaign event at Bittersweet Farm in Stratham, N.H. A gathering of religious conservatives drew nearly all the GOP presidential hopefuls to a single stage, a claim that a South Carolina debate and a well-publicized forum in New Hampshire couldn't make about their recent events. The Faith and Freedom Coalition's two-day conference proved that the religious right still plays a major role in the nominating process, even if it's less organized than during the Christian Coalition's heyday and economic issues are dominating the early campaign. (Stephan Savoia, Associated Press)

LANSING, Mich. — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to make a campaign swing through Michigan.

A campaign spokesman said Tuesday the ex-Massachusetts governor would attend a Grand Rapids fundraiser Tuesday night and another in Detroit on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Romney is to campaign at a Livonia diner and attend a business round table in Detroit. They're his first Michigan stops since formally entering the race last week.

Also Tuesday, the Romney campaign named Rob Macomber as state director, along with several other Michigan staff members.

Michigan could be a key state in Romney's second attempt to win the GOP nomination.

He won the state's 2008 primary, building in part on warm memories of his father George Romney's time as governor. Mitt Romney quit the race after John McCain beat him in Florida.

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