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Mitt Romney Wins Michigan

Mitt Romney
Supporters cheeer at Mitt Romney's primary night rally in Southfield, Michigan. (Reuters)
Updated 12:14 a.m.

By Garance Franke-Ruta

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has won the Republican primary contest in Michigan today. According to the Associated Press, with 97 percent of the precincts reporting, Romney had won 39 percent of the vote to Arizona Sen. John McCain's 30 percent, with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee coming in third at 16 percent of the vote. Insurgent candidate Ron Paul was in fourth, beating former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Read more here from Chris Cillizza. McCain's concession speech is also online, as are Huckabee's remarks.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 15, 2008; 9:15 PM ET
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Marvelous! The longer the Republicans lack a clear front runner the better!
Huckabee winning a national election is just a Evangelical Right pipe-dream (not that they smoke, but you get the idea). Romney, too, is incapable of winning nationally, though largely because of his, shall we say, "historical ideological malleability," though his unacceptable membership in what Evangelicals have been calling a Cult for the last half century doesn't help, either. McCain is their best, and he's just another militaristic White Guy who wants to (re)fight Vietnam in Iraq!
Can't wait for all-but-inevitable Clinton/Obama Administration!

Posted by: seankirk | January 16, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I am a citizen of Massachusetts, probably the most democratic state in the union, but let me offer this one truth.
Mitt Romney is the most noble, honest, and dedicated candidate running for president. His success in business was well earned using those qualities just mentioned and a blind man can see that the attacks on his character are made by those who are prejudice and completely ingorant of what this man stands for. Despite their own deep convictions, every politician must bend to the will of the people somewhat and alter their position since after all, they are "public servants." Want to talk about Flips, Clinton and Obama just called the news media complimenting one another on their records. What about hubby Bill, "I never had sex with...." Talk about a flop!

Posted by: Tarona_33 | January 16, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm basically a Democrat, but the more I see of John McCain, the more impressed I am. Mitt Romney won in Michigan by sucking up to the auto industry with illusory promises. John McCain, who is running to the President of all the United States (not just Michigan), was honest. Yes, he promised to help, but he told them the truth: a lot of these jobs aren't coming back. I disagree with a lot of McCain's positions (like Iraq) but he has the character and backbone to stand up and tell it like he sees it. Unlike Romney who is taking firm ownership of the flip-flop and suck-up position in the race.

Posted by: gpbrown | January 16, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I think Mitt is the shot in the arm the country needs. He is will be a great president and end the B.S. we've been dealing with in the government for too long. Look at his track record, this guy has a long history of succeeding in everything he has done and he has done it with honesty and class.

Posted by: dereknehring | January 16, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Good point, donald169.

P.S. to Bud0 -- careful what you wish for -- if Romney is sworn in as President on January 20, 2009, then what will you and Daily KOS be saying?

Posted by: JakeD | January 16, 2008 7:07 AM | Report abuse

So, let's see...all the polls showed McCain from 6 to 10 points ahead as late as yesterday. Yet Romney wins by 10. Hmmm. When Hillary won in N.H. in the same situation the entire media went crazy about it, claiming secred racism, women voting for her because she cried, machines that miscounted the votes or that were rigged by the nefarious Clintons, and so on. Tonight? not a word. Not a damned word about the disparity; Romney won fair and square, Hillary won fair and square and polls can't be depended on. And that's the story on that.

Posted by: donald169 | January 16, 2008 2:36 AM | Report abuse

Go Mitt Romney!

A Mitt win is just what America needed.

It will keep Republicans in a circular firing squad, spending their money on badmouthing each other over how they don't hate Mexicans enough, didn't execute enough people when they had the chance, were once spotted giving children free healthcare etc.

Imagine all those GOP "opposition researchers", Rove's wicked little elves, being paid GOP money to dig up dirt on GOP candidates and publicise it. Mannah from Heaven!

Best of all would be if Mitt could actually win the nomination. First, the only way he's going to get there is if there's a protracted, expensive, bloody contest. They'd be eating their own from now till late summer!

Then this party composed of the most bilious, vindictive people on the face of the earth would have just weeks to forget its rancours and bury the hatchet, to present a united face to the electorate.

Pray that it might be the face of Mitt! He consistently polls the least likeable GOP candidate and does worst in match-ups against all Democrats. His flip-flopping is legendary and nobody trusts him.

Even Mike Huckabee, who can't grasp the concept of evolution, sees through him: "When Americans look at Mitt Romney, they see the guy who laid them off," he said.

If you're in a state where you can't vote in the Dem primary, but can in the GOP one for any reason, or if you can vote in both, I urge you to give your support to Mitt, America's best hope for a better leader in the White House - because he hasn't got a chance.

GO MITT! you piece of sh..

Posted by: Bud0 | January 16, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

And NOW, we move into the areas infested with Un-documented worker "EMPLOYERS"! Time to start hiring a workforce you can afford there people! $1,000/Day for an Un-Documented Worker, is pretty steep if you ask me!

All the People in the surrounding Communities your Illegal Workers have Over-Run, GREATLY Outnumber You, and your Illegal Workers, can't Legally Vote!

Posted by: rat-the | January 15, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Romney has won more primaries than any other GOP candidate, and he is still in the lead on total delegate count:

Romney -- 40
Huckabee -- 21
McCain -- 18
Thompson -- 6
Paul -- 2
Giuliani -- 1
Hunter -- 1

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

It's time to take Mitt Romney seriously. Go Mitt!

Posted by: acorn160 | January 15, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Vote Ron Paul. Save America from bankruptcy. Hey 4th isn't bad. He killed Giuliani and buried old man Thompson.

Posted by: madest | January 15, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

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