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Tea Party followers warm up to Mitt Romney

TAMPA — Mitt Romney was not Gena Bell’s first choice among the Republican candidates for president. Or her second.

She is not alone among Tea Party activists who, with their zeal for downsizing government, are trying to redirect their enthusiasm to the Republican Party’s nominee from Massachusetts. During the nominating process, Romney, the principal author of the 2006 Massachusetts law that became the prototype for President Obama’s health care overhaul, was something of a nonstarter for many of the activists, who are playing a greater role at this convention and on the ground in elections.

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