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'I won, cabrones!': Make way for the @MexicanMitt

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First it was @ElBloombito, now it's @MexicanMitt. AJUA!

The Twitter meme has been gaining followers since it launched last night, featuring an image of a sombrero-wearing Mitt Romney and promising updates from "Most Mexican Man in The World!© Follow me as I run for Presidente of the United Estates! Ajua!"

It's a hilarious, if frequently expletive-laced, take on the GOP presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts governor's by now well-reported Mexican roots. Romney's father was born in the state of Chihuahua, a descendant of Mormons who moved to Mexico to pursue religious freedom in the wake of U.S. anti-polygamy laws in the 19th century. There are still Romneys living in Chihuahua, some of whom were recently interviewed in this MSNBC video.

A few of the printable standouts from @MexicanMitt:

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Mitt Romney, the son of a chihuahuense?

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Buried at the bottom of an Associated Press story that ran in the El Paso Times today is a nugget that Latino tweeters have been seizing on: Mitt Romney's dad was from Chihuahua.

This isn't the first time the story of George Romney has come up, but it has surfaced again now that the younger Romney has announced his bid for the presidency in 2012. The elder Romney, former governor of Michigan, was born in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua in a community established in the 1880s by Mormons, who fled to Mexico from the United States to escape persecution.

There are still Romneys in Chihuahua today, distant relatives of the Republican former Massachusetts governor. And they, like other Mexicans, are dealing with the troubles affecting that part of the country. From the story in the El Paso Times:

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