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Step by step, Mitt Romney lining up support for 2012

During a fundraiser at Lucky Strike Lanes last week, 2008 presidential contender Mitt Romney stepped up to roll his first ball down the bowling alley as newly elected Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown and others cheered him on.

Strike!

"Now, that felt really good," Romney recalls happily, saying he hadn't picked up a bowling ball in years before the $150-a-head event for his political action committee in Washington's Chinatown. "That doesn't mean I did that the whole evening, but I did get off to a good start."

One pin at a time, the former Massachusetts governor is laying the groundwork for a second presidential bid.

While former Alaska governor Sarah Palin sparks more passion among many Republicans and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee conveys more folksy charm, Romney is waging the most deliberate and methodical campaign of any GOP presidential contender in at least two decades for the nomination in 2012.

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