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Romney blames loss on ‘gifts’ to Obama backers

NEW YORK — A week after losing the presidential election to President Obama, Mitt Romney blamed his overwhelming electoral loss on what he said were big ‘‘gifts’’ that the president had bestowed on loyal Democratic constituencies — including young voters, African-Americans, and Hispanics.

In a conference call on Wednesday with his national finance committee, Romney said that the president had followed the ‘‘old playbook’’ of wooing specific interest groups with targeted gifts and initiatives.

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