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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 leads the Republican field by a big margin. Without him, it's a wide-open race.
The vacuum of power within the Republican Party could entice him to run for president a third time.
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Wednesday night that he's still hitting the campaign trail in order to get candidates like Utah Republican Mia Love elected.
Republicans are waging a take-no-prisoners battle to boot Democrats from what they consider GOP property: seats from House districts that presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried in 2012.
She tries to short-circuit the rumbles of Romney 2016.
Plus: Bonus odd-rectangle-shape mystery!
Their legacy already established in politics, Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, are working to leave a lasting mark on neuroscience.
As House Republicans try enlarging their majority in next month's elections, one focus is the nine Democratic-held districts that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney carried in 2012. A brief look at each race:
Yes, it's an open seat in a swing district. But a big reason the race for Virginia's 10th Congressional District is drawing attention beyond its borders is a candidate with a lightning-rod past who has a special knack for getting under Democrats' skin and has been labeled a "professional Clinton hater."
A President Romney would have handled the crisis better, said the Senate candidate.
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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