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Forget Mitt Romney. Karl Rove's Eyes Are on the Senate

At a meeting in Tampa, the GOP strategist spells out his plans for defeating Democrats
"We've got to get this done to get Mitt Romney and the Senate, to repeal Obamacare on Day One!"
"We've got to get this done to get Mitt Romney and the Senate, to repeal Obamacare on Day One!"Illustration by 731; Photographs by Brooks Kraft/Corbis (Rove); Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg (capitol)

(This is the magazine version of a story that ran earlier online.)

As politicians, delegates, and thousands of reporters at the Republican and Democratic conventions obsessed over who will be elected president, a parallel convention of sorts was taking place in hotel dining rooms and private clubs around Tampa and Charlotte. There, party kingmakers met in secret with the wealthy backers who are increasingly driving this election to discuss an equally urgent question: Which party will control the U.S. Senate?