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First Stop at Home for Romney: The Voting Booth

The Romneys cast their ballots. (AP).

By Glenn Kessler
BELMONT, Mass. -- After a whirlwind 48 hours crisscrossing the country in search of votes, Mitt Romney returned to his home in this tony suburb of Boston to cast a ballot for himself.

Shortly before he arrived, news services reported that Romney had narrowly lost the West Virginia convention vote to former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee on the second ballot, after John McCain forces threw their votes to Huckabee. Romney had flown through the night from California to address the convention this morning, fully expecting to win.

When Romney and his wife, Ann, walked up to the voting booths on the second floor of the ornate town hall built in 1882, they were in for a surprise. His wife, a son and a daughter-in-law were also on the ballot for seats on a town committee.

"I'm on the ballot! I'm on the ballot!" Ann Romney exclaimed as she finished voting.

Mitt Romney asked the clerk for a souvenir copy, which he later displayed to the hordes of cameras outside. "That's pretty fun," Romney remarked to the clerks. "First time I've voted for myself for president."

Romney later told reporters that he was looking forward to seeing his home, where he had not spent a full day since Christmas. "We're going to get the rodents out, oh not really," he said. "Open the mail -- we have a lot."

Turning to his wife, he added with a grin, "And a hot bath -- what do you think?

By Washington Post editors  |  February 5, 2008; 3:40 PM ET
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