United States Republican primaries in Arizona and Michigan

This video from the USA is called Rick Santorum‘s Stance on Birth Control.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Romney wins Republican primaries in Arizona and Michigan

29 February 2012

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the Republican presidential primary in Arizona easily and was projected to win the primary in Michigan narrowly, as vote counting continued late into the night Tuesday. Turnout in both states was virtually unchanged from 2008.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum finished second in both states. Texas Congressman Ron Paul placed third and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich placed fourth in Michigan, and the two finished in the reverse order in Arizona.

Romney won Arizona with 48 percent compared to 26 percent for Santorum. Because of the winner-take-all rules established by the state Republican Party, none of his rivals seriously contested the state and Romney won all 29 delegates at stake.

In Michigan, where delegates were awarded separately for each congressional district, the 30 delegates were split nearly evenly, since Santorum seemed likely to win seven congressional districts in the center, west and north of the state, while Romney was ahead in the seven districts in the state’s population center, the southeast.

Santorum had briefly led the polls in Michigan, the state where Romney was born and where his father was a three-term governor in the 1960s, but fell behind after a barrage of advertisements from the Romney campaign, which had a huge financial advantage.

Exit polls showed a sharp drop in support for Santorum among working women who chose to vote in the Republican primary, suggesting that his attacks on contraception and women working outside the home had backfired even among more conservative women.

With many precincts still unreported, Romney led Santorum in Michigan by 41 percent to 38 percent, barely topping his 39 percent showing in 2008 when he defeated the eventual Republican presidential nominee, John McCain.

In both states, Romney had the support of the Republican Party establishment and most office-holders. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and the state’s senior senator, John McCain, backed him, as did Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and most of the state’s delegation in the House of Representatives. In Michigan, both the right-wing Detroit News and the pro-Obama Detroit Free Press endorsed Romney over Santorum in the primary.

The prospect of a Romney defeat in Michigan produced an outpouring of despair by Republican media pundits who saw Santorum as a likely landslide loser in the general election. There were suggestions that a Santorum victory in Michigan would produce a late entrant into the Republican contest.

The Wall Street Journal published three separate commentaries on February 24 lamenting the likelihood that Santorum’s focus on social issues like abortion, contraception and gay marriage and his hectoring and intolerant tone would alienate millions of voters, particularly women.

Romney, however, declined to make any criticism of Santorum’s ultra-right positions, either in the last campaign debate, February 22 in Arizona, or in his day-to-day campaign appearances and television interviews. Instead, he attempted to outflank Santorum from the right, branding him a Washington “insider” who supported higher federal spending.

Republican candidate Santorum attacks the First Amendment: here.

E.J. Dionne Jr., The Washington Post Writers Group: “Maybe Rick Santorum is helping Mitt Romney after all: Santorum’s wacky statements about college and snobbery, along with his upset stomach over a 52-year-old John F. Kennedy speech, are distracting attention from Romney’s extremist economic ideas”: here.

7 thoughts on “United States Republican primaries in Arizona and Michigan

  1. Romney wins an apathetic victory

    UNITED STATES: Mitt Romney defeated his top Republican presidential rival Rick Santorum in Michigan and Arizona on Tuesday.

    But Michigan voters expressed a lack of enthusiasm about their choices.

    Exit polls revealed just 45 per cent strongly favoured the candidate they voted for, while 38 per cent expressed reservations and 16 per cent said they made their choice because they disliked the alternatives.

    Mr Romney — a former governor of Massachusetts, ex-CEO of a private equity firm and with an estimated wealth of more than £150 million — has campaigned for the most part by emphasising his business acumen.



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