Mitt Takes Michigan

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Looks like he’ll pull 39% to McCain’s 30%. Huckabee pulled in a relatively strong 3rd at 16% considering the lack of evangelical support in Michigan. Ron Paul is pulling in 4th right now with 6%, with Thompson running a close 5th with 4%.

From The Detriot News:

Mitt Romney won a crucial victory in Tuesday’s Michigan Republican presidential primary, defeating John McCain and Mike Huckabee with a message of optimism for the state’s ailing economy.

With 39 percent of precincts counted, Romney — the Oakland County-reared son of a popular Michigan governor — lead McCain by a margin of 39 percent to 30. Mike Huckabee had 15 percent. The Associated Press declared Romney the winner at 9 p.m., just as polls were closing in the western Upper Peninsula.

“Tonight is a win for optimist over Washington-style pessimism,” Romney told a cheering crowd at a Southfield hotel where he had awaited the results.

Kudos to the Romney team for pulling this one out. If McCain had won, I really do think it would have been curtains for Mitt. Now the race has become even MORE uncertain and that could play in Mitt’s favor since he has somehow convinced a lot of Republican voters that he’s the true conservative in the race. Especially since Fred Thompson has been running so hot and cold lately.

The biggest question now is when will Romney’s money start running out. Because by some estimates, he has spent upwards of $40 million of his own money on the campaign so far. And if this contest continues in the same manner and these candidates keep splitting up the delegates can Romney spend his way to a brokered convention?

On to South Carolina…

  • Michael Cathcart

    You say Thompson is running a close 5th? Well I suppose 22,000 votes is pretty close. Paul (at 94% of precincts) has 52,377 to Thompson’s 30,901.
    Although with that kind of rationale, Rudy Guliani was a close a 5th in Iowa to Ron Paul. (NOT!)

  • Joshua

    I’ve always liked Mitt Romney, mainly because I remember how he took over the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee in the wake of its bribery scandal, got its house (and its budget!) back in order, overhauled security on relatively short notice after 9/11, and managed to put on a memorable and mostly trouble-free Winter Games in 2002.

    We could do a lot worse than Mitt as our President. I’m a little torn about him winning the GOP nomination though, not just because I’d prefer a more libertarian candidate like Ron Paul or Fred Thompson, but because I’d rather see him as the next commissioner of Major League Baseball, another American institution that needs to have its act cleaned up, and soon.

  • gerryf

    Once again, the say-anything-to-get-elected Romney…well, said anything. This time, he countered McCain’s honesty about the auto jobs not coming back with a chunk of verbal excrement that he will bring auto jobs back to the state.

    Those jobs are gone because the auto industry went for cheap labor and the only way you reverse that is be making foreign goods more expensive…repeal NAFTA, impose tariffs., etc. Anyone who thinks that Romney is even remotely willing to do that is certifiable.

    Was it the only reason he won? Name recognition was a biggie (on a side note, I cannot believe how no one pointed out that his dad’s former Lt. Gov. and ex-Governor Bill Milliken was supporting McCain), but enough desperate people probably liked it enough to tip the scale.

    I cannot believe anyone would vote for this guy….what will he say next? Return the confederacy to South Carolina? No more rain for Florida? Everyone gets a free car?