Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) plans his first trip to Iowa later this month, according to a report.

Romney will make the trip to the Hawkeye State, which hosts the first-in-the-nation nominating caucuses in 2012, on May 27 for a speech in Des Moines, according to the Des Moines Register.

The stop in Iowa marks a later start for Romney in Iowa than he attempted in 2008, when he set up a ground game and aggressive campaign much earlier in the cycle (as had other candidates at that point).

This time, the former governor has pinned less of his strategy for winning the GOP nomination on winning Iowa's caucuses; he's spent much more of his efforts on New Hampshire, where early polls indicate that he enjoys a lead over the rest of the Republican field.