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Lookback of Romney’s Road to the White House
BOSTON (WENY) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney isn’t taking off this Election Day.
After voting in Boston this morning, Romney headed to last-minute rallies in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Richmond. He’ll be back in Boston Tuesday night for what he hopes is a victory party, but that’s not the place where Romney kicked off his election bid.
Romney officially made the announcement he was running for president in New Hampshire on June 2, 2011. In the country’s first primary – the New Hampshire primary -- Romney won handedly. In early February, Rick Santorum started gaining momentum – threatening Romney’s lead in his home state of Michigan.
“We’re going to keep fighting like an underdog,” Romney told WENY-TV News Washington correspondent in February.
It worked. Romney came out ahead of Santorum by just two percentage points in Michigan. In the following months, Romney’s chief primary opponents – Santorum and Newt Gingrich – bowed out -- paving the way for Romney to earn the party’s nod at the Republican National Convention.
Just two weeks before the convention, Romney introduced Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate in another battleground state – Virginia. The charismatic congressman helped energize the conservative base.
In September, Romney’s campaign hit a bump, when a secretly taped video of Romney at a private fundraiser was release. In the video, Romney said, “There are 47-percent who are with [President Obama], who are dependent on government, who believe they are victims…”
That comment is arguably one of the biggest blunders of his campaign. But in the first presidential debate, President Obama never mentioned it. Romney’s strong performance in that debate gave him a boost in the polls, making a tight race even tighter.
Besides a couple of schedule changes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Romney and Ryan have continued to get out the vote – focusing on the swing states that will decide this race.
Romney held his last rally before Election Day in New Hampshire last night, where it all got started 17 months ago. The Granite State is considered a swing state this year. Although it only has four electoral votes, experts say those votes could put either candidate over the top.