Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate speaks at a "Patriots in the Park" Tea Party rally at the Wayne County, Mich., fairgrounds in July. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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For Romney to win the election, he is going to have to pick off some big states from Obama's 2008 tally. AP hide caption

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Who will be Romney's VP? The naming of his running mate is likely going to come in mid-August, after his foreign trip and the conclusion of the Olympics. Ken Rudin collection hide caption

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stands near her tour bus outside a hotel in Boston on June 2. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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