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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.
It's Chamber vs. Club in one of the most closely watched House GOP primaries.
All government isn't good. But not all of it is bad either.
Fifty-two percent of 18-to-24-year olds would recall Obama.
Potential 2016 GOP presidential hopeful travels to London to give address.
Democrats running for re-election in Arkansas, Louisiana and other Republican-leaning states faced enough problems before President Barack Obama's popularity swooned in November. Now they are awkwardly distancing themselves from him a year before the election, seeking the right balance between independence and betrayal.
The GOP has one less reason to oppose immigration reform.
Obama has seen his presidency slide in the past year? Does he need a different approach to bounce back?
He stood up to unions and now may be eyeing 2016.
Bob McDonnell's national profile ascended fast in four years as Virginia governor.
If they give to charity, they get a pass.
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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