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News Analysis

Romney labors back, but at a cost

WASHINGTON - The once and future front-runner, Mitt Romney, has labored back into position as the leader for the Republican nomination. On a Super Tuesday that yielded mixed results, Romney captured the states he needed to win, including Ohio, and expanded his formidable lead in delegates.

But the costs of his recovery after a rocky February have been considerable, both to himself and to his party. The former Massachusetts governor soon must reckon with the fallout of his sharp shift to the right and a harshly negative campaign, even while he continues to grind down the competition.

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