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That Presidential Voice

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Mitt Romney’s narrow win in his home state of Michigan and his comfortable victory in Arizona salvaged his presidential candidacy, if not his former aura of inevitability, and remade the Republican nominating race yet again. “We didn’t win by a lot but we won by enough, and that’s all that counts!” Romney said in slightly goofy understatement.
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PBS NewsHour: Deconstructing a Republican Hopeful's Road to 1,144 Delegates

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The Republican Party's eventual nominee needs to secure 1,144 delegates. With wins in Michigan and Arizona Wednesday, Mitt Romney leads the GOP field with 135. Gwen Ifill discusses Super Tuesday, when a sizable 419 delegates are at stake, with Political Editor Christina Bellantoni and Frontloading HQ's Josh Putnam.

He’s Alive!

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In the state where Mitt Romney was born, his campaign did not die. Despite his many advantages in Michigan, the race was a nail-biter. In the end, Romney won 41 percent of the vote to 38 percent for Rick Santorum. “We didn’t win by a lot, but we won by enough but that’s all that counts,” said Romney at his victory party, looking relieved to have survived another near-death experience. In Arizona, he clobbered the former Pennsylvania senator 47 percent to 26 percent. By the end of the night, Romney captured more than 30 new delegates.

Mitt Romney Survives Michigan Primary, Looks to Super Tuesday

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February was supposed to be Mitt Romney’s month, a time when he could put distance between himself and his rivals for the Republican nomination with a series of contests on generally friendly terrain. Instead it turned into a grinding endurance test far more difficult than anything he or his campaign had imagined.
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Michigan and Arizona: Bruising GOP Primaries Brighten Obama’s Prospects

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When President Obama accused Republicans who opposed the auto industry bailout of peddling a “load of you know what,” he might have been describing the residue in Michigan and Arizona for Republicans now that the two primaries are over. Obama is in better shape in both states since the GOP circus came to town, with higher favorable ratings than before and with an elevated profile among key constituencies, like blue-collar voters and women who have new appreciation of his handling of the auto bailouts and the contraception issue.

PBS NewsHour: If Romney Loses Michigan, 'All Bets Are Off'

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Ahead of crucial primaries in Michigan and Arizona, GOP hopeful Mitt Romney focused on federal spending while Rick Santorum said religion should play a wider role in public policy. Gwen Ifill discusses the state of the GOP primary battle with USA Today's Susan Page and The Rothenberg Political Report's Stuart Rothenberg.

I’m One of You! No, Really!

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Mitt Romney reminds voters at every campaign stop in Michigan that he is a local boy. He points out school friends, the cemetery where his parents are buried—his father picked the plot because it was the cheapest—and talks about vacations they took in his family’s rambler. In Traverse City on Sunday, he delighted the packed house on how he stole his first kiss from his wife Ann on a beach down the road. It seems to be working.

Tight Race in Michigan

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Polls show Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in a close race for Michigan’s Tuesday primary. Jeff Zeleny reports.
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Voice of the Voters: Michigan Youth

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Despite the government bailout that helped save Michigan’s auto industry, the state is still recovering. Young voters there who are ready to enter the workforce are facing tough job prospects. We hear one student's story and the economic uncertainty that hovers over Michigan in this report from Michigan State University student Anthony Sabella for our Washington Week Voice of the Voters feature.

 

Out of Air in Arizona

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he 20th and perhaps final Republican presidential debate wheezed across the finish line and collapsed. At times it felt like the candidates had already talked themselves out on the big themes and could only bicker over table scraps. There was a long symposium on how earmarks and the congressional appropriating process work. Then, there was a confusing discussion of Arlen Specter, his re-election, and the judiciary committee. Who won? Ask the undecided Republicans in Michigan.