Mitt Romney had a big night Tuesday — with victories in two states over insurgent Rick Santorum, thereby increasing his margin over Santorum by ... six delegates?
As improbable as it might seem, the combination of Michigan's delegate allocation rule and Arizona's rule-violating winner-take-all contest could mean that Romney's twin victories provide him little ultimate benefit — and highlight again the dual-track GOP primary campaign season.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney notched two big wins Tuesday, upping his Republican presidential delegate count and taking modest-plus momentum into the week leading up to Super Tuesday on March 6.
With the Michigan and Arizona primaries in the history books as Romney's fifth and sixth victories, we're looking ahead to Super Tuesday, when presidential contests will be held in 10 states and 413 delegates will be up for grabs.
Rick Santorum gave a speech to his supporters at the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids.
He said his campaign put up a good fight in his opponent's backyard.
"The people of Michigan looked into the hearts of the candidates in Michigan, and all I have to say is I love them back," said Santorum.
NPR's Don Gonyea characterized the speech as a concession speech even though he didn't formally congratulate his opponent in the speech. Santorum could pick up Michigan delegates depending on how votes in Michgian's 14 congressional districts shake out.
Vote tallies are starting to come in for Michigan’s Republican primary election.
Early results show Rick Santorum with a slim lead over his rival Mitt Romney.
But Romney’s supporters in southeast Michigan say they’re optimistic and feeling good about the Michigan-native’s odds.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is heading up Romney’s campaign efforts in the state. Schuette says he is disgusted that Santorum encouraged Democrats to vote in the GOP primary against Romney.
“I think that’s stupid, and I think most people view that as cynicism or hypocrisy in its worst form. I don’t get too stressed by it. What it really does show is there’s something in the air of desperation from the other side,” said Schuette.
But Schuette says he thinks Romney will walk away with a win in Michigan tonight.