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Michigan Primary Results: Romney Wins, Santorum Challenge Remains

from the Washington Post – Feb. 29 (Bloomberg) — Mitt Romney narrowly won the Republican presidential primary in his native Michigan yesterday, propelled by the oldest and wealthiest voters even as those who form the party’s core remained elusive to him.

Romney easily triumphed in Arizona’s primary, and his dual victories blunted Rick Santorum’s rise as the nomination race expands to a broader field of states over the next week. Still, his three-percentage-point margin in Michigan won’t deter Santorum as they continue a battle that some Republican leaders have said may tarnish the party’s brand in November’s general election against President Barack Obama.

“We didn’t win by a lot, but we won by enough and that’s all that matters,” Romney told cheering supporters last night in Novi, Michigan.

Santorum depicted his Michigan loss as a win as he spoke to his backers in Grand Rapids.

“We came into the backyard of one of my opponents, in a race that everyone said, ‘Well, just ignore, you have really no chance here,’” he said. “And the people of Michigan looked into the hearts of the candidates and all I have to say is that I love them back.”

Romney had 41 percent of the vote in Michigan and Santorum 38 percent, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press tally. Running third was U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas with 12 percent, followed by former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 7 percent.

In Arizona, Romney had 47 percent of the vote, with 93 percent of precincts reporting in the AP tally. Santorum had 27 percent, followed by Gingrich with 16 percent and Paul with 9 percent.

Michigan Focus

While Romney and Santorum focused on Michigan over the last three weeks, neither Paul nor Gingrich competed aggressively in the state, instead concentrating on states voting in March.

The race now moves to a dozen states: Washington, which conducts caucuses on March 3, and 11 contests on March 6, or Super Tuesday. That day’s major contests include primaries in Ohio, Georgia, Oklahoma and Tennessee

More than 400 of the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination will be at stake on Super Tuesday.

Michigan will award its 30 delegates based on results in each of the state’s congressional districts, meaning Romney will split the total with Santorum. Arizona’s primary is winner-take- all, so Romney gets all of the state’s 29 delegates.

Romney Alternative

The threat Santorum’s candidacy poses for Romney is underscored by signs that the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania has begun to consolidate the support of those Republicans who have been searching for a Romney alternative.

“People are not ready to fall in line behind Mitt Romney,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, an advocacy group for social conservatives who oppose abortion rights that hasn’t endorsed a candidate. “This thing could go on up to August.”

Republican leaders concerned about the potential fallout of a prolonged Romney-Santorum fight include Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi. In comments to reporters in Washington on Feb. 27, he said he worried “about our candidates having a negative campaign toward each other. I like the Ronald Reagan 11th Commandment — thou shall not speak ill against another Republican — and I think we need to remember some of that.”

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Wanda
4 years 6 months ago

Now that we are through Super Tuesday the press is focusing on the fact that Romney came out ahead in seven states. They play down the fact that these were narrow leads.

What I see are conservative voters voting for Santorum, Gingrich and Paul. Add them all together and what do you have.?………….More voters against Romney than for him.

Gary
4 years 6 months ago

I’m a conservative with a conservative lifestyle,…and I support Mitt Romney with enthusiasm and confidence that he is the one candidate that can beat Obama. Who is Mitt Romney? In my opinion, he is 1) a scandal-free family man with high moral standards, 2) a skilled executive with success in every organization that he’s run including the Olympics, alnd 3) a problem-solver with a track record of bringing people together even if they are on the other side of the aisle and 4) a sensible conservative that will attract a broad spectrum of voters—enough to defeat Obama!

Joan C
4 years 6 months ago

I would hate to see Rick Santorum with the nomination and going up against President Obama in a debate. Santorum keeps putting his foot in his mouth and I’m afraid the President will mop the floor with him. So the field isn’t that wonderful but I think Romney’s credentials, and character are certainly as good as the rest of the field. The money he inherited from his parents was ALL given for a building in memory of his parents. I think that takes character! Romney will be better than the current President and if they all stop bashing each other perhaps the GOP can come out on top with the Presidency, Senate and House majority so this country can get back on track.

Wanda
4 years 6 months ago

Romney has had to spend over 12 Million dollars to gain his small lead. This addresses the obvious dislike and distrust that conservatives have for this candidate. His character and credentials appear to be so shaky that the only way he can advance is to put his opponents down by distorted facts and lies.

America is rapidly heading for a fiscal disaster. We need a candidate who knows something about Washington and how it works in order to take immediate control. Governor Romney knows NOTHING about Washington and we do not have the time to train him. Running the government is NOT like running a business!

The press continues to sing his praises BUT voters continue to look at the RINO’s that are supporting his campaign. The only question is, “Can Romney spend enough money for conservative voters to abandon their values?”

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