Mitt Romney works to make inroads with Michigan 'tea party' vote

By Seema Mehta

Los Angeles Times

Published: Thursday, Feb. 16 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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MONROE, Mich. Mitt Romney's fate in Michigan - his native state where he is facing an increasingly difficult race - will rest on voters like Maribeth Schmidt.

The "tea party" activist and mother of three took part in a panel discussion with the former Massachusetts governor on Thursday morning, but remains undecided in the GOP presidential contest.

"Our venom is our vote," Schmidt told Romney, "and we intend to strike in November."

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