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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 looks more like ... Romney 2012.
Donald Trump has exposed anew the deep rift inside the Republican Party on immigration, a break between its past and the country's future that the party itself has said it must bridge if the GOP ever hopes to win back the White House.
The GOP race's highest-flying candidate steers his plane toward its biggest new battleground.
The first primary state reflects the tumult of a GOP race dominated by anger and neophyte candidates.
Some allies say the results show that Romney would be formidable against Hillary Clinton in 2016.
The vacuum of power within the Republican Party could entice him to run for president a third time.
Mitt Romney emerges as the GOP's most in-demand surrogate and is planning a busy fall of campaigning.
"We knew we would see some cool stuff while visiting Utah, but a wild Mitt spotting could not have been anticipated."
What we learned from Romney's post on Medium.
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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