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Republicans final blitz for New Hampshire

world Updated: Jan 10, 2012 00:04 IST

Republican presidential hopefuls led by frontrunner Mitt Romney launched a final frenetic campaign push in New Hampshire on Monday on the eve of the first-in-the-nation primary.

Polls showed the former Massachusetts governor who won Iowa's caucus by a whisker last week slipping slightly but still holding a commanding lead and looking to notch a second victory before the fight shifts to South Carolina.

Romney's rivals hoped for a shocking upset in New Hampshire's bellwether nominating primary - where he lost in 2008 to the eventual nominee Senator John McCain - while they planned for an all-out assault on his record before the southern state s January 21 vote. "I m not worried. I m happy "Romney replied at a rally in Exeter.