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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.
Romney has been adamant in saying he will not run for president a third time, and aides insist reunion is not a 2016 strategy session.
The youngest voters in 2012 favored Romney, not Obama.
The House race will serve as the first real gauge of voter moods as the parties hone their fall strategies.
Tea Party hero tops conservative conference's straw poll for second consecutive year.
Don't forget the "somewhat conservative" voters. They might decide the nomination.
The former Pennsylvania senator said he's not interested in merely electing Republicans for the sake of electing Republicans.
The two men don't like each other. But their feud is about more than just that.
Former Sen. Rick Santorum says Republicans lose elections when they nominate moderates.
The former presidential nominee wades into a contested race.
Some of the GOP's most prominent conservatives insisted Friday that Republicans should emphasize hot-button social issues like abortion and gay marriage in this year's midterm elections, exposing an ideological divide within a party trying to capture the Senate and then the White House.
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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