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Can you feel the Mitt-mentum?

The Romney 2016 speculation is the story that nobody -- reportedly including the once (and future?) candidate -- seems to be able to quit. Mark Halperin at Bloomberg Politics reported last week that the losing 2012 presidential candidate had been seen huddling with conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch at a recent Republican fundraiser and had "tongues a-wagging." An upcoming private dinner with former campaign advisers "has Romney intimates abuzz," according to the Washington Post.

"A lot of people in Romneyland are rooting for him to get in," one inner-circle source told CNN in recent weeks, while another added: "I wouldn't bet on it, but I wouldn't bet either."

A Des Moines Register poll released Saturday found Romney leading presumed Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in a (hypothetical) 2016 match-up. Now the Post is out with its report that "his friends said a flurry of behind-the-scenes activity is nudging him to more seriously consider it."

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