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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.
Mitt Romney gives $10,000 to Robert McDonnell's legal defense fund.
The former presidential candidate is trying to help GOP contenders in November's midterm elections.
Asymmetric polarization is a real thing.
Self-funders didn't do well in 2012. But they may be able to turn things around this year.
Republicans are crying foul over the poll's sampling, but it's hardly all bad for the GOP.
The businessman put more than $2.6 million into his campaign.
2016 will be a tough election for the GOP to win. 2024 might be impossible.
Just 5% of congressional districts are ticket splitters.
The Republican primary will essentially decide who takes the seat of former congressman Trey Radel.
The widely-revered Republican elder statesman is running for nothing but is nonetheless running hard.
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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