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Romney's balancing act: The primaries vs. the general election

Mitt Romney, the presumed front-runner, is setting up a national, general-election message. But does he run the risk of alienating primary voters he needs to win the nomination?

As we wrote in First Thoughts this morning, he's taking flak on Afghanistan and abortion from his base. He's focused on the economy, is skipping the Iowa Straw poll, and he's struck out moderate positions on global warming and religious freedom.