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Romney giving up on home state of Massachusetts
Romney ceding Massachusetts home state, looks to native Michigan for edge in electoral chess
By The Associated Press

BELMONT, Mass. (AP) ' Don't bet on Mitt Romney winning his home state of Massachusetts. Or even trying.

Romney was never a hero in the liberal bastion, and aides say there are other ways he can win the White House without the 11 electoral votes the state offers.

The fact that Romney likely cannot win Massachusetts ' and probably won't even make a play for it ' illustrates the degree to which his currying favor with conservative Republicans in GOP presidential primaries has alienated the moderate base that launched his political career.

Romney aides argue that it would be a waste of money to compete in a state Obama carried by 25 percentage points in 2008.

Meanwhile, Michigan, where Romney was born and raised, offers Republicans a bit more hope.

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