Romney wins Arizona and Michigan
Article added on March 1, 2012 at 14:06 German time; updated at 22:02
The Republican voters have become
reasonable again and voted for Mitt Romney, they only GOP candidate left in
the field who is half-way decent, with a chance to beat President Obama in
the November presidential election.
Romney won Arizona and Michigan. In the closed primary of Arizona, with
all precincts reporting, Romney won 47.3%, Rich Santorum 26.6%, Newt Gingrich
16.2% and Ron Paul 8.5%. In the winner-takes-all State of Arizona, Romney won all 29 delegates.
The 2012 Michigan GOP open primary results with 95% of all precincts reporting
look as follows: Mitt Romney 41.1%, Rich Santorum 37.9%, Ron Paul 11.6% and
Newt Gingrich 6.5%.
28 of Michigan's 30 delegates are awarded to the 14 districts' winners (2
delegates per district); 2 additional delegates will be
With all but one precinct counted (99.9%), Romney and Santorum have won 15
It could be that in the open Michigan GOP primary, some Democrat voters tried to sabotage a
clear win by Romney. The main reason for Mitt's poor result in his childhood
state however is that he had clearly spoken out against Obama's bail-outs
for GM and Chrysler. Both companies are again in good shape now. Would
a private solution not have produced a similar (and fairer) outcome? Ford
managed to overcome the crisis without any money from taxpayers.
Mitt Romney (*1947) grew up in Michigan, where his father, George W. Romney
(1907-1995) was chairman and president of American Motors Corporation from
1954 to 1962 as well as Governor of the State from 1963 to 1969. Therefore,
Romney's showing remains poor, given his father's popularity in the state until today,
but he avoided a symbolic disaster, a second place finish. In the last
presidential race, Romney won Michigan with a nine-percent margin.
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In the GOP, the
“anybody-but-Mitt” feeling prevails. The Republican base still has not warmed up
to the moderate Romney, who is shifting positions if necessary to win over
the GOP voters, which is an attitude not convincing too many.
“anybody-but-Mitt” crowd would like someone else, they would have to pick a
politician not yet in the race, since all the other three declared
candidates are not fit for the top job in the United States. Michael
Bloomberg or Condoleezza Rice would be names I could think of, but both are
surely not running. The African American former secretary of state Rice
would have been the jackpot. Someone with executive experience on the
highest level, a woman and an African American; no racist accusations
possible for people who want to vote out Obama.
Super-Tuesday (March 6) will bring a further clarification. 419 delegates
will be up for grabs in the following states: Alaska,
Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee,
Vermont and Virginia.
It will take 1,144 delegates to win the GOP nomination at the Republican
convention in Tampa (Florida) on August 27, 2012.
The only candidate in the race with the experience, the positive
record, the organization and the money to win the GOP presidential primaries
remains Mitt Romney. As written before, the further the selection drags on,
the more the Republican candidate will be damaged. Will he be strong enough
to beat the Messiah in the White House?
More articles about the GOP presidential race:
Romney wins Maine,
Santorum wins Colorado,
GOP Minnesota caucuses,
GOP Missouri Caucuses,
Romney wins Nevada,
Florida primary results,
Obama's State of the Union Address,
South Carolina primary,
Perry endorses Gingrich,
Huntsman endorses Romney,
Why President Obama has failed,
Romney wins in New Hampshire,
Romney after Iowa.