Election 2012: Gov. Romney's challengeLoading
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    Fang Zhe ZUMA24.com Mitt Romney speaks Thursday in Richmond, Va. Like Virginia, Florida is now considered a battleground state in Tuesday's election.
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    Charles Dharapak Associated Press GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney helps collect donations of food and supplies for storm victims at an event Tuesday in Kettering, Ohio.
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    Stephen Crowley New York Times Gov. Mitt Romney laughs with Bob White during a flight to Nevada last week. White has worked with Romney for three decades, and the GOP presidential candidate refers to him as "my wingman."
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    David Goldman Associated Press Moderator Candy Crowley rehearses Monday for tonight's debate in Hempstead, N.Y., with stand-ins for GOP nominee Mitt Romney, left, and President Barack Obama. Both campaigns have expressed concern that Crowley will take too active a role in the debate.
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    Charles Dharapak Associated Press Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney picks up a child on Saturday as he campaigns at the Golden Lamb restaurant in Lebanon, Ohio. The state is a battleground in the campaign.
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    Evan Vucci Associated Press Mitt Romney speaks with the media as his campaign plane heads to Boston on Friday. Polls suggest that the persistent focus on Romney's wealth has taken a deep toll on his image.
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    Charles Dharapak Associated Press Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a Mormon, engages supporters Thursday in Sarasota, Fla. American Mormons identify strongly with Romney's themes of self-reliance and a preference for community solutions over government intervention.
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    Charles Dharapak Associated Press Mitt Romney, in Costa Mesa, talks about a video showing him writing off "47 percent" of voters "dependent upon government." His comments to donors weren't "elegantly stated," Romney said.
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    Olivier Douliery Abaca Press GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney takes his campaign to Fairfax, Va., where he refocused on economic issues Thursday in the wake of the assault on U.S. missions in the Mideast and deaths of four officials. Romney maintained his criticism of the Obama administration's handling of the crisis.
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    Charles Dharapak Associated Press GOP candidate Mitt Romney talks at a National Guard Association convention Tuesday in Reno. In college, he backed the Vietnam War.
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    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, greets House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, at a rally Saturday at Cincinnati's Union Terminal. Romney will take today and Monday off.
    Al Behrman | Associated Press
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    Paul Ryan, left, and Mitt Romney campaign last Sunday in Waukesha, Wis. They'll be the headliners at the Republican convention, which begins Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla, The presumptive GOP ticket is hoping for good cheer, but there's a chance that unpopular Gov. Rick Scott and a former state party chairman facing theft charges could spoil the party.
    Chris Wilson | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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    Mitt Romney takes to a white board Thursday in Spartanburg, S.C., to contrast the differences between his and President Barack Obama's approaches for Medicare.
    Evan Vucci | Associated Press
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    Adam Jennings Charlotte Observer Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is handed the microphone by vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., during a campaign rally in Mooresville, N.C. on Sunday. Story, Page A8
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    Adam Jennings Charlotte Observer Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is handed the microphone by vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., during a campaign rally in Mooresville, N.C. on Sunday. Story, Page A8
    Chris Wilson | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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    Charles Dharapak Associated Press Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney displays his "report card" touting his proposals against a string of red marks against President Barack Obama's record at a campaign stop Thursday in Golden, Colo., a state considered to be an important prize.
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    Mitt Romney, left, meets World War II veterans and a concentration camp survivor Tuesday in Warsaw, Poland.
    Alik Keplicz | Associated Press
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    Charles Dharapak Associated Press Mitt Romney bends down to talk with a child, center foreground, as he's greeted by a crowd outside the Old Town Hall in Gdansk, Poland, on Monday, where the presumptive Republican nominee was endorsed by former Polish President Lech Walesa.
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    Dan Balilty Associated Press Mitt Romney visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Sunday. Romney, in a speech, declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel.
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    GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney gets ready to pay a visit to the most famous address in London – No. 10 Downing Street – for a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday.
    Stephen Simpson | Zuma Press
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    Jason Redmond Associated Press Mitt Romney hosts a small-business roundtable Monday in Costa Mesa. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said his campaign needs to win the support of disaffected Barack Obama supporters from 2008.
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    Khampha Bouaphanh Fort Worth Star-Telegram Mitt Romney greets backers Tuesday in Fort Worth, Texas.
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    With the shuttered Solyndra solar panel factory in Fremont as a backdrop, Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama's stimulus pacts that aided donors.
    By Jim Wilson | New York Times
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    Mitt Romney, who won enough Republican delegates in Texas on Tuesday to secure the party's presidential nomination at its August convention, meets with coal miners and their family members in Craig, Colo.
    By Mary Altaffer | Associated Press
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    Mitt Romney, center, and Sen. John McCain participate in a Memorial Day ceremony in San Diego. Romney said "a strong America is the best deterrent to war that ever has been invented." K.C. Alfred U-T San Diego
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    Jae C. Hong Associated Press Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, left, and Jerry Falwell Jr., chancellor of Liberty University, which his father founded, participate in commencement Saturday in Lynchburg, Va.
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    Jae C. Hong Associated Press Mitt Romney gets a hug from his grandson as his son Tagg, left, watches at a rally in Manchester, N.H., last month. Tagg Romney's private equity firm has connections to his dad's political associates.
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    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla,, left, helps presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney make his case on Monday at a town hall meeting in the Philadelphia suburb of Aston, a day ahead of today's presidential primaries in Pennsylvania and four other states.
    By Jae C. Hong | Associated Press
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    Steven Senne Associated Press Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, shares a laugh in Milwaukee on Sunday with two of his Wisconsin Republican supporters – Rep. Paul Ryan, center, and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson.
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    Paul Drinkwater NBC Political humor has a way of backfiring, so when GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney appeared on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," on Tuesday, his aides warned him not to try to be funny. A day later, he apparently forgot their advice.
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    Steven Senne Associated Press Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns ahead of Tuesday's Illinois primary at a restaurant in Rockford, Ill., Sunday.
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    Evan Vucci Associated Press Republican Mitt Romney arrives for a campaign appearance Tuesday at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., en route to New York fundraisers today. Romney's campaign stressed that he maintains his dominant position in the delegate race for the GOP nomination.
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    Gerald Herbert Associated Press Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, greet supporters at their Super Tuesday primary rally in Boston. Romney narrowly beat rival Rick Santorum in Ohio's key Republican primary race and also won the contests in Massachusetts, Virginia, Vermont and Idaho.
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    Trace Nystrom, 6, sits on his father's shoulders and prays during an invocation at a Mitt Romney event Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn. The 10 presidential primary contests Tuesday could determine if Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum will remain in the GOP race.
    By Gerald Herbert | Associated Press
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    Mitt Romney greets supporters Sunday at a school in Knoxville, Tenn. He picked up key congressional supporters, and his campaign hopes Republicans will coalesce around him.
    By Michael Patrick | Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel
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    Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, left, and Mitt Romney argue a point during Wednesday's debate in Mesa, Ariz.
    Jae C. Hong | Associated Press
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    Mitt Romney speaks Thursday at an economic round table in Monroe, Mich. Romney has been critical of labor unions.
    Gerald Herbert | Associated Press
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    Robert F. Bukaty Associated Press Republican candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters at a caucus Saturday in Portland, Maine. He won the caucuses there, party officials said, and he also won a straw vote at the convention of the Conservative Political Action Committee.
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    Gerald Herbert Associated Press Mitt Romney greets supporters Saturday at a rally in Colorado Springs, Colo. Romney has played to the right wing so far, but many say he'll need to moderate his stance if he wins the GOP nomination.
Making his second run to win the presidency, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has put long-term effort into wresting the nation's top office from incumbent Barack Obama. Here are images of Romney's campaign in the last few months as he has tried to make his case to the nation.
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