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Romney gains on eve of Miss., Ala. voting

By Michael Levenson
Globe Staff / March 13, 2012
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Mitt Romney has climbed into a virtual tie with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum in Alabama and Mississippi and could score victories there Tuesday that lay to rest nagging concerns about his ability to win in the Deep South. Battling skepticism about his Mormonism, fealty to principle, and Yankee roots, Romney has drawn tantalizing close to his rivals in both states, according to the most recent polls. A Romney victory in Alabama or Mississippi would be something of an upset since, as detractors have pointed out, he has not won a Bible Belt state in either of his runs for the Republican nomination.

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