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Mitt Romney arrives with his wife Ann at his primary night rally in Southfield, Michigan. (Reuters)

By Juliet Eilperin
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Among the cheering throng at Mitt Romney's victory party tonight stood an unlikely audience member: Elias Villagomez, a Democrat from Durham, N.C.

Villagomez, who monitors chemical trials for pharmaceutical companies, happened to be in town on business this week, and was staying at the Embassy Suites, where the former Massachusetts governor was celebrating his win over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). While the North Carolinian had been leaning toward voting for either McCain or Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) before coming to Romney's rally, now he is reconsidering his options.

"I think it's great," he said of the celebration. "I got a hat, and these stickers," he said, showing off a blue-and-white Romney baseball hat that still had its tag attached.

Romney's speech, not just his paraphernalia, impressed the undecided Villagomez. More voters, he suggested, should follow his example of campaign party hopping.

"I think everyone should take the time to listen to everyone," Villagomez said.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 15, 2008; 10:57 PM ET
Categories:  Mitt Romney , Primaries , The GOP  
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What would really muck things up would be if Thompson won in South Carolina and Guliani won in Florida.

Posted by: danielhancock | January 16, 2008 12:03 AM | Report abuse

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