Mitt Romney wrapped up his pre-Election Day quest for the presidency with a rally Monday in downtown Manchester, N.H. The promise of the White House was as tantalizingly close as the bitterness of defeat. Hanging in the balance was his election as the nation’s 45th president, or the prospect of seeing his Secret Service detail pack up Wednesday and depart. That he was in that position, though, is testament to Romney’s development and endurance as a national political figure.
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