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No votes, but things seem to be going Romney's way

KEENE, N.H. (AP) -- The political stars seem to be aligning for Mitt Romney, and at just the right time.

The former Massachusetts governor's strategy for the Republican presidential race has long been premised on a respectable finish in the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses followed by a decisive New Hampshire win to keep the momentum going.

Votes have yet to be cast, the outcome in Iowa will shape the entire race and Romney still has hurdles to overcome.

Still, his preferred scenario is now looking more plausible given Ron Paul's ascent, Newt Gingrich's slide and fractures among conservatives who have yet to rally behind an alternative to Romney. There's also a growing sense inside and outside the campaign that Romney's path to the GOP nomination is clearer than it has been in weeks.

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