Mitt Romney was never a hero in the liberal bastion of Massachusetts, but the presumptive nominee's writing off his home state in his presidential bid really drives the point home.
Campaign aides for Romney tell the Associated Press that he has no plans to campaign in the state he once governed. They emphasized that he can win the White House and deny President Obama a second term without the 11 electoral votes Massachusetts offers.
The fact that Romney likely cannot win Massachusetts - and probably won’t even try to - illustrates the degree to which his currying favor with conservative Republicans in GOP presidential primaries has alienated the moderate base that launched his political career, the news service reports.
“That's not been a topic of discussion," Romney campaign adviser Kevin Madden told AP when asked if the Republican former Massachusetts governor would compete in the heavily Democratic state.