GOP upheaval appears ahead of Romney's convention

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FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney arrives at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in New Orleans. This is the convention prelude of the Republicans' dreams _ their nightmares, that is. Mitt Romney wanted to preside over a made-for TV gathering showcasing his economic credentials and GOP unity. Instead, he's heading to Tampa with the national debate focused on rape and abortion and with the divisions within his party on full display.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — This is the convention prelude of the Republicans' dreams — their nightmares, that is.

Mitt Romney wanted to preside over a made-for-TV gathering showcasing his economic credentials and GOP unity. Instead, he's heading to Tampa with the national debate focused on rape and abortion and with the divisions within his party — and with running mate Paul Ryan — on full display.

Even the weather is threatening to spoil Romney's party.

All this as a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows a neck-and-neck race between Romney and President Barack Obama just over two months before the election. That's evidence that Romney didn't get a bounce of support by choosing Ryan as his vice presidential nominee.

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