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              In this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 Norm Small, left, and his son Andrew work at their bowling alley in Berlin, N.H. Mitt Romney is a part-time resident of tiny New Hampshire.

    In this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 Norm Small, left, and his son Andrew work at their bowling alley in Berlin, N.H. Mitt Romney is a part-time resident of tiny New Hampshire.

    Posted: 10/2/2012 3:08:43 AM EST
    In this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 Norm Small, left, and his son Andrew work at their bowling alley in Berlin, N.H. Mitt Romney is a part-time resident of tiny New Hampshire. His fiscally conservative, socially moderate tenure as governor of neighboring Massachusetts once seemed a good match for New Hampshire’s independent and libertarian-leaning electorate. Yet, Romney trails President Barack Obama in polls in New Hampshire as he does in most other presidential battlegrounds despite spending considerable time and money to lock up the state’s four Electoral College votes. Norm supports Obama.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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              In this Sept. 27, 2012, photo. the smoke stack from the closed paper mill is  seen in Berlin, N.H. Berlin is an economically hard hit town after loosing its paper mill. Mitt Romney is a

    In this Sept. 27, 2012, photo. the smoke stack from the closed paper mill is seen in Berlin, N.H. Berlin is an economically hard hit town after loosing its paper mill. Mitt Romney is a

    Posted: 10/2/2012 3:08:43 AM EST
    In this Sept. 27, 2012, photo. the smoke stack from the closed paper mill is seen in Berlin, N.H. Berlin is an economically hard hit town after loosing its paper mill. Mitt Romney is a part-time resident of tiny New Hampshire. His fiscally conservative, socially moderate tenure as governor of neighboring Massachusetts once seemed a good match for New Hampshire’s independent and libertarian-leaning electorate. Yet, Romney trails President Barack Obama in polls in New Hampshire as he does in most other presidential battlegrounds despite spending considerable time and money to lock up the state’s four Electoral College votes.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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              In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova meets with neighborhood representatives in Khimki, outside Moscow.When the young mother of two embarked on her small and privat

    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova meets with neighborhood representatives in Khimki, outside Moscow.When the young mother of two embarked on her small and privat

    Posted: 8/27/2012 10:18:42 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova meets with neighborhood representatives in Khimki, outside Moscow.When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a forest in her town just outside Moscow, she had no clue that in order to gain the upper hand in this battle she would need to launch a nationwide campaign, hold a thousand-strong rally and ultimately run for mayor of that town. Environmental activist Yevgeniya Chirikova, a driving force behind a movement to save the forest in Khimki, is now running for mayor of that town which, thanks largely to her efforts, became one of the first battlegrounds of the anti-Kremlin protests. The Khimki vote could prove the first major electoral test for authorities and the opposition since the anti-Putin protests. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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              In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova cooks at her home in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a

    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova cooks at her home in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a

    Posted: 8/27/2012 10:18:42 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova cooks at her home in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a forest in her town just outside Moscow, she had no clue that in order to gain the upper hand in this battle she would need to launch a nationwide campaign, hold a thousand-strong rally and ultimately run for mayor of that town. Environmental activist Yevgeniya Chirikova, a driving force behind a movement to save the forest in Khimki, is now running for mayor of that town which, thanks largely to her efforts, became one of the first battlegrounds of the anti-Kremlin protests. The Khimki vote could prove the first major electoral test for authorities and the opposition since the anti-Putin protests. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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              In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova enters the front door of her apartment house  in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and

    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova enters the front door of her apartment house in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and

    Posted: 8/27/2012 10:18:42 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova enters the front door of her apartment house in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a forest in her town just outside Moscow, she had no clue that in order to gain the upper hand in this battle she would need to launch a nationwide campaign, hold a thousand-strong rally and ultimately run for mayor of that town. Environmental activist Yevgeniya Chirikova, a driving force behind a movement to save the forest in Khimki, is now running for mayor of that town which, thanks largely to her efforts, became one of the first battlegrounds of the anti-Kremlin protests. The Khimki vote could prove the first major electoral test for authorities and the opposition since the anti-Putin protests. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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              In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova reads a text using a mobile in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign

    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova reads a text using a mobile in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign

    Posted: 8/27/2012 10:18:42 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova reads a text using a mobile in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a forest in her town just outside Moscow, she had no clue that in order to gain the upper hand in this battle she would need to launch a nationwide campaign, hold a thousand-strong rally and ultimately run for mayor of that town. Environmental activist Yevgeniya Chirikova, a driving force behind a movement to save the forest in Khimki, is now running for mayor of that town which, thanks largely to her efforts, became one of the first battlegrounds of the anti-Kremlin protests. The Khimki vote could prove the first major electoral test for authorities and the opposition since the anti-Putin protests. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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              In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova walks in a forest in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a

    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova walks in a forest in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a

    Posted: 8/27/2012 10:18:42 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova walks in a forest in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a forest in her town just outside Moscow, she had no clue that in order to gain the upper hand in this battle she would need to launch a nationwide campaign, hold a thousand-strong rally and ultimately run for mayor of that town. Environmental activist Yevgeniya Chirikova, a driving force behind a movement to save the forest in Khimki, is now running for mayor of that town which, thanks largely to her efforts, became one of the first battlegrounds of the anti-Kremlin protests. The Khimki vote could prove the first major electoral test for authorities and the opposition since the anti-Putin protests. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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              In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova meets with neighborhood representatives in Khimki, outside Moscow.When the young mother of two embarked on her small and privat

    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova meets with neighborhood representatives in Khimki, outside Moscow.When the young mother of two embarked on her small and privat

    Posted: 8/27/2012 10:18:42 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova meets with neighborhood representatives in Khimki, outside Moscow.When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a forest in her town just outside Moscow, she had no clue that in order to gain the upper hand in this battle she would need to launch a nationwide campaign, hold a thousand-strong rally and ultimately run for mayor of that town. Environmental activist Yevgeniya Chirikova, a driving force behind a movement to save the forest in Khimki, is now running for mayor of that town which, thanks largely to her efforts, became one of the first battlegrounds of the anti-Kremlin protests. The Khimki vote could prove the first major electoral test for authorities and the opposition since the anti-Putin protests. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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              In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova photographs a colleague, and a civil rights activist Irina Tyukacheva in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two e

    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova photographs a colleague, and a civil rights activist Irina Tyukacheva in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two e

    Posted: 8/27/2012 10:18:42 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova photographs a colleague, and a civil rights activist Irina Tyukacheva in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a forest in her town just outside Moscow, she had no clue that in order to gain the upper hand in this battle she would need to launch a nationwide campaign, hold a thousand-strong rally and ultimately run for mayor of that town. Environmental activist Yevgeniya Chirikova, a driving force behind a movement to save the forest in Khimki, is now running for mayor of that town which, thanks largely to her efforts, became one of the first battlegrounds of the anti-Kremlin protests. The Khimki vote could prove the first major electoral test for authorities and the opposition since the anti-Putin protests. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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              In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova takes a break to tweet in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to sa

    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova takes a break to tweet in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to sa

    Posted: 8/27/2012 10:18:42 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova takes a break to tweet in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a forest in her town just outside Moscow, she had no clue that in order to gain the upper hand in this battle she would need to launch a nationwide campaign, hold a thousand-strong rally and ultimately run for mayor of that town. Environmental activist Yevgeniya Chirikova, a driving force behind a movement to save the forest in Khimki, is now running for mayor of that town which, thanks largely to her efforts, became one of the first battlegrounds of the anti-Kremlin protests. The Khimki vote could prove the first major electoral test for authorities and the opposition since the anti-Putin protests. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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              In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova speaks to her colleagues while she rides the minibus in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her sm

    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova speaks to her colleagues while she rides the minibus in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her sm

    Posted: 8/27/2012 10:18:42 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova speaks to her colleagues while she rides the minibus in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a forest in her town just outside Moscow, she had no clue that in order to gain the upper hand in this battle she would need to launch a nationwide campaign, hold a thousand-strong rally and ultimately run for mayor of that town. Environmental activist Yevgeniya Chirikova, a driving force behind a movement to save the forest in Khimki, is now running for mayor of that town which, thanks largely to her efforts, became one of the first battlegrounds of the anti-Kremlin protests. The Khimki vote could prove the first major electoral test for authorities and the opposition since the anti-Putin protests. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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              In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova uses a mobile phone in a subway in Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a fo

    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova uses a mobile phone in a subway in Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a fo

    Posted: 8/27/2012 10:18:42 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova uses a mobile phone in a subway in Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a forest in her town just outside Moscow, she had no clue that in order to gain the upper hand in this battle she would need to launch a nationwide campaign, hold a thousand-strong rally and ultimately run for mayor of that town. Environmental activist Yevgeniya Chirikova, a driving force behind a movement to save the forest in Khimki, is now running for mayor of that town which, thanks largely to her efforts, became one of the first battlegrounds of the anti-Kremlin protests. The Khimki vote could prove the first major electoral test for authorities and the opposition since the anti-Putin protests.(AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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              In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova runs to catch the bus in Khimki, outside Moscow.When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save

    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova runs to catch the bus in Khimki, outside Moscow.When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save

    Posted: 8/27/2012 10:18:42 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova runs to catch the bus in Khimki, outside Moscow.When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a forest in her town just outside Moscow, she had no clue that in order to gain the upper hand in this battle she would need to launch a nationwide campaign, hold a thousand-strong rally and ultimately run for mayor of that town. Environmental activist Yevgeniya Chirikova, a driving force behind a movement to save the forest in Khimki, is now running for mayor of that town which, thanks largely to her efforts, became one of the first battlegrounds of the anti-Kremlin protests. The Khimki vote could prove the first major electoral test for authorities and the opposition since the anti-Putin protests. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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              In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova listens to a question during a news conference  Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign

    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova listens to a question during a news conference Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign

    Posted: 8/27/2012 10:18:42 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova listens to a question during a news conference Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a forest in her town just outside Moscow, she had no clue that in order to gain the upper hand in this battle she would need to launch a nationwide campaign, hold a thousand-strong rally and ultimately run for mayor of that town. Environmental activist Yevgeniya Chirikova, a driving force behind a movement to save the forest in Khimki, is now running for mayor of that town which, thanks largely to her efforts, became one of the first battlegrounds of the anti-Kremlin protests. The Khimki vote could prove the first major electoral test for authorities and the opposition since the anti-Putin protests. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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              In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova speaks to the media after a news conference  Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to

    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova speaks to the media after a news conference Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to

    Posted: 8/27/2012 10:18:42 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova speaks to the media after a news conference Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a forest in her town just outside Moscow, she had no clue that in order to gain the upper hand in this battle she would need to launch a nationwide campaign, hold a thousand-strong rally and ultimately run for mayor of that town. Environmental activist Yevgeniya Chirikova, a driving force behind a movement to save the forest in Khimki, is now running for mayor of that town which, thanks largely to her efforts, became one of the first battlegrounds of the anti-Kremlin protests. The Khimki vote could prove the first major electoral test for authorities and the opposition since the anti-Putin protests. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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              In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova uses a cellphone in Khimki, outside Moscow, Thursday. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign t

    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova uses a cellphone in Khimki, outside Moscow, Thursday. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign t

    Posted: 8/27/2012 10:18:42 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova uses a cellphone in Khimki, outside Moscow, Thursday. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a forest in her town just outside Moscow, she had no clue that in order to gain the upper hand in this battle she would need to launch a nationwide campaign, hold a thousand-strong rally and ultimately run for mayor of that town. Environmental activist Yevgeniya Chirikova, a driving force behind a movement to save the forest in Khimki, is now running for mayor of that town which, thanks largely to her efforts, became one of the first battlegrounds of the anti-Kremlin protests. The Khimki vote could prove the first major electoral test for authorities and the opposition since the anti-Putin protests (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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              In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova walks with her supporters in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to

    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova walks with her supporters in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to

    Posted: 8/27/2012 10:18:42 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova walks with her supporters in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a forest in her town just outside Moscow, she had no clue that in order to gain the upper hand in this battle she would need to launch a nationwide campaign, hold a thousand-strong rally and ultimately run for mayor of that town. Environmental activist Yevgeniya Chirikova, a driving force behind a movement to save the forest in Khimki, is now running for mayor of that town which, thanks largely to her efforts, became one of the first battlegrounds of the anti-Kremlin protests. The Khimki vote could prove the first major electoral test for authorities and the opposition since the anti-Putin protests. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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              In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova speaks to press at at unauthorised construction site in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her sm

    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova speaks to press at at unauthorised construction site in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her sm

    Posted: 8/27/2012 10:18:41 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova speaks to press at at unauthorised construction site in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a forest in her town just outside Moscow, she had no clue that in order to gain the upper hand in this battle she would need to launch a nationwide campaign, hold a thousand-strong rally and ultimately run for mayor of that town. Environmental activist Yevgeniya Chirikova, a driving force behind a movement to save the forest in Khimki, is now running for mayor of that town which, thanks largely to her efforts, became one of the first battlegrounds of the anti-Kremlin protests. The Khimki vote could prove the first major electoral test for authorities and the opposition since the anti-Putin protests. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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              Patient Luis Gutierrez, right, talks with Dr. Javier Hiriart at Camillus Health Concern, Wednesday, June 27, 2012, in Miami. Camillus is a private, non-profit organization that provides

    Patient Luis Gutierrez, right, talks with Dr. Javier Hiriart at Camillus Health Concern, Wednesday, June 27, 2012, in Miami. Camillus is a private, non-profit organization that provides

    Posted: 6/29/2012 5:18:49 PM EST
    Patient Luis Gutierrez, right, talks with Dr. Javier Hiriart at Camillus Health Concern, Wednesday, June 27, 2012, in Miami. Camillus is a private, non-profit organization that provides health care to the homeless and poor in Miami-Dade County. Republicans in at least three states want to abandon an expansion of Medicaid in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, and more than a dozen other states are considering it in the wake of the June 28, 2012 Supreme Court decision removing the threat of federal penalties. The states considering whether to withdraw from the expansion include presidential battlegrounds Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Colorado. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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              FILE - In this Thursday, June 28, 2012 file photo, Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., center, holds up a copy of the Supreme Court's health care ruling during a news conference by the GOP Doctors

    FILE - In this Thursday, June 28, 2012 file photo, Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., center, holds up a copy of the Supreme Court's health care ruling during a news conference by the GOP Doctors

    Posted: 6/29/2012 4:28:41 PM EST
    FILE - In this Thursday, June 28, 2012 file photo, Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., center, holds up a copy of the Supreme Court's health care ruling during a news conference by the GOP Doctors Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans in at least three states want to abandon an expansion of Medicaid in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, and more than a dozen other states are considering it in the wake of the June 28, 2012 Supreme Court decision removing the threat of federal penalties. The states considering whether to withdraw from the expansion include presidential battlegrounds Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Colorado. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)