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Mitt Romney raises millions at North Shore fundraiser

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

FOX Chicago news has learned republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney raised millions of dollars Tuesday night at an estate on the north shore.

The Chicago area visit comes on the same day a New York Times poll shows Romney with a slight lead over President Obama.

46 percent of registered voters said they'd vote for Romney. 43 percent said they'd vote for President Obama.

The presumptive Republican nominee smiled for our camera but wouldn't talk as he departed the palatial Winnetka home of Patrick Ryan, former boss of Aon Insurance. It's not the kind of event where the Romney campaign allows pictures. Sources told FOX Chicago News Romney raised $2.3 million at the gathering of about 60 people.

In Iowa earlier in the day, Romney portrayed himself as a common-sense businessman, not the super-rich elitist Democrats claim. He vowed top reverse years of reckless federal spending:

"A prairie fire of debt is sweeping across Iowa and our nation."

Romney's focused largely on economic issues in a week when the President's campaign talked a lot about gay marriage. After addressing it again on "The View" today, he tried to pivot back to what voters say is their top concern.

Obama: "Ultimately got to say this is not an issue, important as it is, it isn't that important to the election, I think it's going to be the economy."

That and cutting the federal budget is exactly the battlefield Romney wants:

"What President Obama is doing is not bold; it's old. As president, I will make the federal government simpler, smaller, smarter."

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