Romney Addresses GOP In Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney dismisses the Democratic resurgence in last November's elections as an aberration.

But Romney suggested today that the GOP still should not take Virginia for granted in next year's presidential election.

Jim Webb's upset of Republican incumbent George Allen in November switched control of the U.S. Senate to the Democrats, who also have won back-to-back gubernatorial elections in Virginia.

Romney attributed last fall's Democratic takeover to anger over the war in Iraq.

The former Massachusetts told reporters after a private meeting with about 200 invited guest at a Richmond hotel that people were frustrated and he said, “since they couldn't fire the coach they fired the team.”

He said Democrats have misread the meaning of last year's election results. Romney was joined at the news conference by Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, who endorsed Romney's candidacy for the Republican nomination.

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