February 29, 2012
Mitt Romney held off a strong surge by Rick Santorum to win The Michigan primary with 41.1% of the total vote to Santorum’s 37.9%. Ron Paul got 11.6% of the vote while Newt Gingrich got 6.5%. Romney, who was born in Michigan and whose father was once Governor of the state, had trailed the former Pennsylvania Senator as late as this past weekend in Michigan. Santorum had also tried to take advantage of the “open” primary system by enlisting Democratic support but that strategy was not successful. However, Michigan does have proportional delegation so Santorum will likely win just as many delegates from the state as Romney.
In another primary held Tuesday, Romney won Arizona by a comfortable margin, winning 47.3% to Santorum’s 26.6%. Arizona is a “winner take all” state, so Romney will get all of Arizona’s delegates.
The next primary will be held in Washington state this Saturday (Mar 3rd), with “Super Tuesday” to follow on March 6th with 11 states holding their primary or caucus that day.