Campaign Buzz February 28, 2012: Romney’s Double Wins — Mitt Romney Wins Decisive Victory in Arizona Primary — Edges Past Rick Santorum to Win Michigan Primary

CAMPAIGN 2012

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

IN FOCUS: ROMNEY’S DOUBLE WINS — MITT ROMNEY WINS DECISIVE VICTORY IN ARIZONA PRIMARY, EDGES PAST RICK SANTORUM TO WIN TO MICHIGAN PRIMARY

Romney Wins Michigan Primary: Mitt Romney has narrowly won the Republican presidential primary in Michigan, deflecting a powerful challenge from Rick Santorum and boosting his hopes of becoming the Republican nominee.
Only weeks ago, Mr. Romney had viewed his home state of Michigan as a firewall against his rivals, an important battleground state where his background and his message would carry the day.
That changed dramatically in the wake of victories by Mr. Santorum in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota earlier this month. Within days, Mr. Santorum surged to a double-digit lead in Michigan…. – NYT, 2-28-12

  • Romney wins second victory of night in Michigan: Mitt Romney holds off a fierce challenge from Rick Santorum in the state where Romney was raised and where his father served as governor. Santorum benefitted from strong backing from social and religious conservatives, but Romney won big among voters looking for “experience” and those who say electability is a priority…. – WaPo, 2-28-12
  • Live Coverage of the Michigan and Arizona Primaries: Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are locked in an intense fight in Michigan, while Arizona is looking like less of a battleground. Results, exit polls, updates and analysis from the New York Times political team…. – NYT, 2-28-12
  • Republican candidates compete in Michigan and Arizona (live primary updates): With Super Tuesday just a week away, the Republican presidential candidates are competing for delegates in the Arizona and Michigan primaries. Follow our live blog for the latest news out of Arizona and Michigan. As Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum … – WaPo, 2-28-12
  • Romney wins Arizona; Michigan: Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney won primaries in Michigan, the state where he was born, and in Arizona on Tuesday night. By Justin Sullivan, Getty Images Mitt Romney greets volunteers at … – USA Today, 2-28-12
  • Romney wins Michigan: Mitt Romney’s tentative hold on the status of GOP frontrunner received a significant boost with victory in Michigan, where he won his native state and fought off a spirited challenge from Rick Santorum. Combined with a resounding … – LAT, 2-28-12
  • Romney Claims Victory in Michigan and Arizona: Mitt Romney fended off a vigorous challenge from Rick Santorum in Michigan on Tuesday, narrowly carrying his native state, and won the Arizona primary on a day that revived his candidacy but did not erase the qualms conservatives … – NYT, 2-28-12
  • It’s a double victory for Romney: He edges Santorum in Michigan and wins: Mitt Romney scored a hard-won, home state triumph in Michigan and powered to victory in Arizona Tuesday night, gaining a two-state primary sweep over Rick Santorum and precious momentum in the most turbulent Republican presidential race in … – WaPo, 2-28-12
  • Bidding for double victory, Romney wins Arizona Republican primary, leads: Mitt Romney swept to victory in the Arizona primary and led Rick Santorum in a close, hard-fought contest in Michigan Tuesday night, bidding for a two-state sweep and fresh momentum in the race for the Republican presidential nomination…. – WaPo, 2-28-12
  • Many Cast Vote With November in Mind; for Others, Character Rates High: Polls of voters in Tuesday’s Republican primary in Michigan highlight the deep tension underpinning the Republican nominating contest, with Mitt Romney holding steady as the most electable candidate while Rick Santorum waged a serious challenge with a … – NYT, 2-29-12
  • Analysis: Mich. win averts disaster for Romney, but GOP sparring still gives: Mitt Romney’s come-from-behind win in his native Michigan, and his easy victory in Arizona, are obviously good news for the former Massachusetts governor. But they won’t resolve the knottiest problems vexing the Republican Party’s … – WaPo, 2-28-12
  • Michigan voters reveal Romney’s strengths and weaknesses: They were politically mixed and financially battered. They cared deeply about the economy but were concerned with abortion too. And in narrowly backing Mitt Romney, the electorate that turned out Tuesday for Michigan’s Republican presidential primary … – WaPo, 2-28-12
  • Romney adds to lead in race for convention delegates with wins in Arizona: Mitt Romney added to his lead in the race for convention delegates Tuesday with a win in the Arizona Republican presidential primary. Romney also won the Michigan primary, but it was unclear who would win the most delegates in that state…. – WaPo, 2-28-12
  • Michigan, Arizona voters go to the polls: The Republican presidential candidates continue their campaigns as residents vote in the GOP primary elections. Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney cheer as television networks declare him the winner in the Arizona primary at a … – WaPo, 2-28-12
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