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Mitt Romney counts on home-court advantage

Leaning hard on Michigan ties, and his father’s legacy

Mitt Romney’s father, pictured in an old political poster, was very much on the candidate’s mind as he campaigned in his home state of Michigan. Mitt Romney’s father, pictured in an old political poster, was very much on the candidate’s mind as he campaigned in his home state of Michigan. (GERALD HERBERT/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
By Michael Kranish and Matt Viser
Globe Staff / February 19, 2012
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A loss in Michigan could be crippling, if not fatal, to Mitt Romney’s effort to fulfill his longtime ambition to be the Republican presidential nominee - and avoid repeating his father’s failure to win the White House. So Romney is pouring out the family memories, reminding voters about his father’s legacy, writing an op-ed for the Detroit News about how he is a “son of Detroit,’’ and flooding the airwaves with a television ad that recalls his trip with his dad to a local auto show. But as much as Mitt Romney declares his love for Michigan, the real question is whether Republican voters here will love him back.

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