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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan have made the weak economy the cornerstone of their campaign. In the weeks leading up to the General Election, both parties have focused their campaign efforts on the so-called battleground states _ those that do not reliably vote either Republican or Democratic.
The former governor and business executive has substantial strengths: He's well-known and has a personal fortune. He fundraises through an established network of donors. He's had success in business and knows the logistics of a national campaign after losing the 2008 GOP nomination to Arizona Sen. John McCain.
But critics have slammed Romney for his changing positions on social issues including abortion and gay rights, shifts that have left conservatives questioning his sincerity. He also has struggled to curb some skepticism about his Mormon faith, which many evangelical Christians view as a sect.
Republican David Perdue has spent the better part of a month defending his business record in Georgia's tight U.S. Senate race, as Democrat Michelle Nunn blasts him as an out-of-touch businessman who shipped jobs overseas.
The tacit head of the party's establishment and a tea party firebrand are both jetting to the Last Frontier to boost Sullivan in the home stretch.
The 2012 nominee aims to be a closer in a state he narrowly won.
The vacuum of power within the Republican Party could entice him to run for president a third time.
Bob Dole says he thinks former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney should run for the office again in 2016.
Election day is a week off and some of the great controversies in the past seem to have faded.
Plus: Bonus odd-rectangle-shape mystery!
She tries to short-circuit the rumbles of Romney 2016.
Romney leads the Republican field by a big margin. Without him, it's a wide-open race.
PROJECT: Wilson Andrews, Jason Bartz, Ryan Kellett, Katie Parker, Leslie Passante and Serdar Tumgoren - The Washington Post. Published Oct. 8, 2012.
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