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Mitt Romney's exit opens up Republican presidential primary race
Mitt Romney's exit opens up Republican presidential primary race

Mitt Romney's exit from the 2016 presidential campaign pushes the GOP race back where it was three weeks ago, before his brief flirtation: a wide-open contest among the establishment, religiously oriented, and libertarian wings of the Republican Party. The immediate beneficiaries were former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, rivals who share Romney's appeal to the business-minded, pragmatically conservative voters of their party. They wasted no time Friday chasing donors who had sat frozen, awaiting Romney's decision. "People are working the phones furiously," said Bobbie Kilberg, a major Republican contributor in Virginia, who jumped into...

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