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If you want to understand who Mitt Romney really is, go beyond the position papers, stump speeches and preposterously presidential coif, and start with muffins.
Exactly who loves Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum? Based on a sizable compilation of Republican voter data, Gallup analyst Lydia Saad says Mr. Romney generally has a four-point advantage in tracking polls, and enjoys "slight leads over Santorum among men, women, residents of the East and the South, and Republicans aged 55 and older.
The usually inconsequential Michigan primary is a bellwether in this year's contest for the Republican presidential nomination. On Presidents Day, News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch said of Rick Santorum's recent surge, "Win Michigan, game over." Turning the heat up on Mitt Romney, who had dropped to second place despite being a native son of the Great Lakes State, Newt Gingrich said, "I think it's extraordinarily important to carry your own state.
Republican Mitt Romney is faltering with white working-class voters crucial to his party's drive to capture the White House, even as he tries to fend off a rising GOP challenger, Rick Santorum, who wields strong blue-collar appeal.
Buoyed by strong sales in North America and Asia, General Motors Co. on Thursday announced a record profit of $7.6 billion in 2011, a $2.9 billion increase over 2010 and another sign that the world's largest carmaker has bounced back after nearly going under three years ago.
Mitt Romney is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president, with a commanding 16 percent lead in New Hampshire and a 5 percent edge over the competition in Iowa. He is the former governor of Massachusetts and was runner-up for the GOP nomination for president in 2008. Mr. Romney has spent most of his life in private business, having founded Bain Capital investment firm and served as CEO of Bain & Co., one of the world's leading business consultancies.