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BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

With Tuesday’s primaries in Michigan and Arizona approaching, the GOP nominating race seems to be turning in Mitt Romney’s favor once again.

 

Born and raised in Michigan by his father — a former governor of the state — Romney has played up the hometown hero angle in TV ads such as this one. The ad blitz, coupled with the candidate’s debate performance last week, is thought to have sparked a new surge for Romney.

 

In Arizona, Romney has held a consistent lead. But in Michigan — a different story.

 

Last Wednesday, RealClearPolitics’ average of polls showed former Sen. Rick Santorum with a lead in Romney’s home state. In recent days — Romney has pulled ahead — but it’s still a statistical dead heat.

 

Fox News points out no GOP candidate has won the nomination after losing in their home state since 1972. But a panelist says a loss in Michigan wouldn’t be a knockout blow for Romney.

 

“I think it’s a psychological blow, but I don’t think it’s a politically devastating blow, because Mitt Romney has enormous amounts of money — enormous amounts of staying power. He can go the distance.”

 

But, in a positive sign for Romney, much of the conversation around the race has shifted — from “what if Romney loses Michigan,” to “what if he wins?”

 

The Washington Post posed that question, writing:

 

“How much would a pair of victories be worth? Republican strategists say that although they would restore Romney to front-runner status in the race, they could still leave the party looking at a long nomination battle. They also say that winning both states Tuesday wouldn’t be enough to resolve many of the doubts that still surround Romney.”

 

On ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Santorum downplayed the Michigan race, focusing on the long run.

 

“This is going to be a long race, and there's going to be some ups, there's going to be some downs, and you know what happens when you – when you get that position to be that in front. We've just stayed focused, though.”

 

Also on the Sunday show circuit, Romney received a potential boost — an endorsement from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on NBC’s Meet the Press.

 

“I think that he has that pro-business background and he has that political history that I think he would serve America the best of all the candidates.”

 

Politico says that endorsement wasn’t a surprise, but that it could go beyond helping Romney in the state of Arizona, writing:

 

“... Brewer seemed likely to back the frontrunner, who she had declared won last week's Republican debate in Mesa. Still, it's a boost to Romney, as he seeks to restore the sheen of inevitable frontrunner heading into Super Tuesday and a potentially long slog after that.”

GOP Race Turns for Romney as Arizona Primaries Approach

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Feb 27, 2012

GOP Race Turns for Romney as Arizona Primaries Approach

(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

With Tuesday’s primaries in Michigan and Arizona approaching, the GOP nominating race seems to be turning in Mitt Romney’s favor once again.

 

Born and raised in Michigan by his father — a former governor of the state — Romney has played up the hometown hero angle in TV ads such as this one. The ad blitz, coupled with the candidate’s debate performance last week, is thought to have sparked a new surge for Romney.

 

In Arizona, Romney has held a consistent lead. But in Michigan — a different story.

 

Last Wednesday, RealClearPolitics’ average of polls showed former Sen. Rick Santorum with a lead in Romney’s home state. In recent days — Romney has pulled ahead — but it’s still a statistical dead heat.

 

Fox News points out no GOP candidate has won the nomination after losing in their home state since 1972. But a panelist says a loss in Michigan wouldn’t be a knockout blow for Romney.

 

“I think it’s a psychological blow, but I don’t think it’s a politically devastating blow, because Mitt Romney has enormous amounts of money — enormous amounts of staying power. He can go the distance.”

 

But, in a positive sign for Romney, much of the conversation around the race has shifted — from “what if Romney loses Michigan,” to “what if he wins?”

 

The Washington Post posed that question, writing:

 

“How much would a pair of victories be worth? Republican strategists say that although they would restore Romney to front-runner status in the race, they could still leave the party looking at a long nomination battle. They also say that winning both states Tuesday wouldn’t be enough to resolve many of the doubts that still surround Romney.”

 

On ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Santorum downplayed the Michigan race, focusing on the long run.

 

“This is going to be a long race, and there's going to be some ups, there's going to be some downs, and you know what happens when you – when you get that position to be that in front. We've just stayed focused, though.”

 

Also on the Sunday show circuit, Romney received a potential boost — an endorsement from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on NBC’s Meet the Press.

 

“I think that he has that pro-business background and he has that political history that I think he would serve America the best of all the candidates.”

 

Politico says that endorsement wasn’t a surprise, but that it could go beyond helping Romney in the state of Arizona, writing:

 

“... Brewer seemed likely to back the frontrunner, who she had declared won last week's Republican debate in Mesa. Still, it's a boost to Romney, as he seeks to restore the sheen of inevitable frontrunner heading into Super Tuesday and a potentially long slog after that.”

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