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Former Massachussetts governor Mitt Romney launched his 2012 presidential bid by casting himself as the candidate most capable of solving America’s economic problems. Romney’s financial expertise gave him unique value to Republicans following his failed 2008 presidential bid as government bailouts, spending and deficits overshadowed social issues like abortion rights and gay marriage.

But it’s unclear whether Romney can broaden his appeal and capture the enthusiasm of the surging, anti-establishment tea-party activists as he runs again in 2012.

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Romney was right — and wrong — in Jerusalem

(Charles Dharapak / AP)

The candidate’s controversial remarks require more than simplistic analysis.

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Romney stumps for GOP hopefuls in West Virginia

(Chris Tilley / Associated Press)

Mitt Romney bashed President Obama in West Virginia coal country Tuesday to stir up support for three Republican hopefuls as the GOP seeks to win a U.S. Senate race that could help tip the Democratic chamber in the GOP’s favor.

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Romney stumps for GOP hopefuls in West Virginia

(Chris Tilley / Associated Press)

Mitt Romney bashed President Obama in West Virginia coal country Tuesday to stir up support for three Republican hopefuls as the GOP seeks to win a U.S. Senate race that could help tip the Democratic chamber in the GOP’s favor.

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A question for Washington pollsters: How wrong must you be to never work again?

(Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images)

Even disastrously off-base results (for example, a predicted Eric Cantor win) don’t land pollsters out of a job.

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How many more white votes did Mitt Romney need to get elected in 2012? A lot.

The popular vote is one thing. The electoral college is another.

Dan Sullivan wins Alaska GOP Senate race

Former state attorney general Dan Sullivan won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska on Tuesday, setting the stage for a competitive showdown in the fall.

Morning Plum: The real consequences of GOP control of the Senate

Mitch McConnell helpfully spells out what GOP control of the Senate would mean, and Dems pounce.

 

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