Mitt Romney Chooses New Hampshire for Site of Final Rally Before Election Day

TAMPA - Mitt Romney will hold his final campaign rally in New Hampshire, the very state in which he launched his bid for the White House 16 months ago.

The "Victory Rally" will be held in Manchester, New Hampshire, at 9:30 p.m. on Monday night, Election Day eve. Special guest and campaign-theme song artist Kid Rock will be the special guest.

It is no mistake that New Hampshire was chosen for the final event of Romney's candidacy. The campaign - as well as the candidate and his family - have a long history with the Granite State.

New Hampshire was the state where Romney launched his presidential campaign that spring day in June 2011, surrounded by hay bales and a picturesque farm house.

It was where he chose to relaunch his campaign after it became clear he would become the nominee earlier this year in April, his first of many speeches that would contrast his vision with President Obama's.

And the lakeside town of Wolfeboro, located in northern New Hampshire, became a retreat for the candidate throughout the campaign, whether it was for time away with family at his home there or for meetings with advisers on his porch overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee.

Romney has held more than 20 events in the state this year alone - and many more last year in the days leading up the primary he won.

During the course of his campaign he scooped ice cream in Milford, dropped by diners in Manchester and visited lumber yards in Madison. He was endorsed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in Hanover, N.H., toured fishing boats in Portsmouth and hosted a spaghetti dinner in Tilton.

And so on Monday, the campaign will end right where it started.