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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Romney says ‘No, no, no’ despite N.H. poll; What about Scott Brown?

FILE - This March 15, 2013 file photo shows former Massachusetts Gov., and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. Romney told "Fox News Sunday" that he has accepted an apology from MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, who joked about a Christmas picture that included the 2012 Republican presidential candidate's adopted, African-American grandson. Romney said that he sees Melissa Harris-Perry's apology as sincere and is ready to move on. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

FILE - This March 15, 2013 file photo shows former Massachusetts Gov., and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. Romney told "Fox News Sunday" that he has accepted an apology from MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, who joked about a Christmas picture that included the 2012 Republican presidential candidate's adopted, African-American grandson. Romney said that he sees Melissa Harris-Perry's apology as sincere and is ready to move on. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

In a surprising twist of events, Mitt Romney would be the GOP choice in New Hampshire to run for president in 2016, according to a poll released last week.

With 25 percent, Romney is leading Rand Paul (18 percent) and Chris Christie (17 percent). He also received a 72 percent favorability rating from New Hampshire GOP voters.

Romney quickly tried to squash any impending rumors, however.

A state senator from South Carolina didn’t seem to be so pleased with the news, though.

It could be too little, too late, according to Romney’s wife. On Friday, Ann Romney said she thinks “the Country Lost” after her husband’s defeat in the 2012 election.

This all could be a wave of momentum after a Netflix documentary was released last week. I’ve actually heard from both sides of the aisle that Mitt, is a pretty good watch.

In other news

∎ Don’t forget about Scott Brown. According to the same poll as the one mentioned above, Brown is virtually tied with incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen – even though he hasn’t officially entered the race. But could Brown be thinking of a presidential run in 2016?

∎ There are 14 athletes participating in the Winter Olympics in Sochi with ties to the Granite State. The event kicks off later this week.

∎ A snowstorm is expected to hit the Granite State on Wednesday.

∎ How many Granite Staters will be affected by a raise in the minimum wage? Probably more that you think.

 Family members of the late Ray Burton have endorsed Michael Cryans to succeed him as a member of the Executive Council.

∎ New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District Race pitting Republicans Frank Guinta or Dan Innis against Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter is one of ABC News’s “14 For ’14.”

∎ The House Ways & Means Committee is holding a hearing Thursday on a bill that would allow one casino in the state and adds more regulations.

∎ A 23-year-old Lowell, Mass., man was killed on Saturday in a fiery, one-vehicle crash in Nashua.

∎ Several schools are teaming up to produce skilled welders in the Granite State.

∎ The Monadnock Food Co-op held its first-ever ‘Souper Bowl’ on Saturday.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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