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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 11:50 pm | Updated: 6:33 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Mitt Romney’s supporters hope to raise more than $100,000 in three hours at a fundraiser in Mesa today.

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The event is part of a national push called Rally for Romney. Overall, campaign supporters will stage more than 40 rallies in 20 states. In Mesa, more than 100 supporters are expected to turn out for the event at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa, said Romney’s state director, Jason Rose.

The initiative is geared toward low-rollers, in contrast with Romney’s two previous national campaign fundraisers that focused on high-rollers. Supporters will telephone friends, neighbors and relatives in an effort to raise $1,000 each, a few dollars at a time.

The Republican candidate’s son, Josh Romney, will headline the Mesa event. He explained the rally’s strategy during a campaign stop in Scottsdale last month.

“This is more of a grassroots effort to get as many people as possible excited and involved in the campaign,” he said at the time. “It’s a way for people who wouldn’t normally be able to participate — because a lot of the events are really expensive — to become involved and participate.”

Rose expects a good turnout. “2007 has been a good year for Gov. Romney in Arizona. We think it’s going to be another example of that,” Rose said.

Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, already has generated more than $1 million in contributions from Arizonans.

Romney rally

Where: Phoenix Marriott Mesa, 200 N. Centennial Way, Mesa

When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today

Info: www.mittromney.com/rally

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