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Romney faces lengthy to-do list as likely GOP pick

Monday - 4/9/2012, 3:44am  ET

By THOMAS BEAUMONT
Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican front-runner Mitt Romney is facing a daunting to-do list as he moves into the role of likely presidential nominee.

Here's a sampling of items: Raise as much money as possible for the general election campaign; hire more people, send them to the most critical states in the fall race; hone his message to appeal to voters across the political spectrum.

Speed is of the essence, and he'll have to continue fending off his GOP rivals at the same time.

President Barack Obama has the advantages of incumbency. He's well ahead of Romney on fundraising, organization and broad pitches to voters. Romney will try to make up some ground during this three-week break in Republican primary contests that ends April 24, when several Northeast states vote.


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