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Presidential race has become two-man: Romney versus Obama

Mitt Romney’s chances of winning his party’s nomination increase daily. He's reframing his campaign to take on Barack Obama, who's also approaching full-campaign mode with an eye on Romney.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters after he spoke at a fish fry dinner at the American Serb Memorial Hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Friday, March 30, 2012. Wisconsin holds its presidential primary election Tuesday.

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The Republican presidential contest seems to have come down to a two-man race, and we’re not talking about Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

No, Romney’s chances of winning his party’s nomination increase daily, if opinion polls are to be believed and if high-level endorsements mean anything. Except for saying he understands his closest GOP rival’s frustration in falling farther behind, Romney now is all but ignoring Santorum. So if there’s a two-man race, it’s between Romney and President Obama.

"It's pretty obvious this nomination is essentially over," GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell told CNBC this week, about the time Romney was winning endorsements from former president George H. W. Bush, and House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, following the endorsements of former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio.

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