was a Republican Party
primary candidate in the 2008 United States presidential election
. On January 3, 2007, two days before he stepped down as governor of Massachusetts, Romney filed to form a presidential exploratory committee
with the Federal Election Commission
.<!-- note: find original reference on the article's history, and fix this footnote. Please do not delete this item.-->Crowley, Candy "Romney kicks off White House bid" CNN
, February 13, 2007; retrieved March 29, 2007
Romney was considered a top-tier candidate in his bid for the Republican nomination, despite hurdles such as low name recognition and questions about his Mormon
faith. Romney partly financed his campaign with his own personal fortune, having contributed over $35 million of the $90 million raised by his campaign, as of January 31, 2008. Despite that, he also raised more money than any other Republican primary candidate.
In a nationwide poll conducted on January 2, 2008, Romney was placed first among Republican voters nationally. However, he came in second in the Iowa caucuses
to Mike Huckabee
. Romney followed up with his first win of the campaign season in the......