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2012 enters the record books. Were you paying attention? A news quiz.

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President Barack Obama waves as he walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha at his election night party Nov. 7, in Chicago. President Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

The year 2012 brought no shortage of significant news, from scheduled political transitions in the US and China to unexpected tragedies, moments of human triumph, and more record-setting in the realm of social media.

It's gone by quickly. Were the London Olympics really just a few months ago? Test your knowledge of these events with the Monitor's 2012 news quiz.

1. Which of these Republican presidential hopefuls never led the pack in the RealClearPolitics poll average during the primary season?

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Republican presidential candidates, from left, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, stand together before a Republican presidential candidate debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif Sept 7, 2011.

Rick Santorum

Ron Paul

Newt Gingrich

Mitt Romney

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