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Matt Romney to visit Guam, Northern Mariana Islands

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Mitt Romney is leaving no stone unturned in the GOP delegate Matt York AP Matt Romney attends an Arizona Primary night party last month in Phoenix. race, dispatching his second son, Matt, to two faraway Pacific islands that hold their presidential nominating contests on Saturday.

The Romney campaign announced Thursday that Matt Romney, 40, will visit Saipan, the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands, on Friday to meet with local Republican leadership.

On Saturday, Matt Romney heads about 130 miles southwest to Guam, where he will hold a morning meet-and-greet and address caucus-goers at the Sheraton Hotel in Tamuning.

Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands are two of the

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five U.S. territories – along with the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Puerto Rico -- that award delegates in the Republican nomination fight.

Nine national convention delegates are at stake four of the territories; 23 are up for grabs in Puerto Rico.

Though the delegate count is relatively small, if the nomination battle becomes a long slog to the convention – and that’s entirely possible – every delegate could matter.

The Romney camp isn’t the only one with its eye beyond the mainland. This week, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), will send his eldest son, Ronnie, to stump on his behalf in Hawaii, which will award 20 delegates at its caucuses next Tuesday.

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