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'Underdog' Hill seeks highest office in comeback

Associated Press
   HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- One of Rick Hill's earliest memories is from when he
was 4 years old. Doctors and nurses repeatedly put him in an ice bath and
then encasing his polio-stricken muscles in hot packs to prevent them from
atrophying.    It took Hill 12 years to fully recover but he says it gave him an
early lesson about facing challenges.
   Now the former Republican congressman is making another comeback bid
after more than a decade off the political stage.
   This time, his challenge is to defeat Democratic attorney general Steve
Bullock and win the governor's race.
   Hill says he is the underdog. He has spent the last two years rebuilding name
recognition and is touting his pro-business platform.
   Polls show a close race with up to 20 percent of voters undecided.
   AP-WF-10-14-12 1404GMT

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