A view of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Mass. MIT says it tried being nice last year by keeping its wait list much smaller than usual, but then it almost got burned when the school needed extra students. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Kelly Ayotte's stump speech centers on a promise to return the GOP to its core principles of less government and lower taxes. Robin Respaut hide caption

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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick looks on as President Obama speaks at a Boston fundraiser for the governor in October 2009. Gerald Herbert/AP Photo hide caption

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Mark Greenberg, owner of Murray's Liquors in Newton, Mass., says he won't consider new hiring until some customers stop buying discounted wines and return to purchasing fine wines. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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