Mitt Romney had a foothold in the state, where he launched his campaign a year and a half ago, and spent a well-publicized July Fourth weekend with his family at his lake home. But Obama outspent Romney on advertising in the closing months, and led by small but consistent margins in public opinion polls down the stretch.
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