2008 Mitt Needs Michigan… Desperately
posted by January 14 at 15:47 PMon
Posted by Ryan S. Jackson
Tuesday’s primary in Michigan won’t really matter to the Democrats—the state was stripped of Democratic National Convention delegates after it decided to move up the date of its primary, and has been boycotted by most of the field of Democratic contenders. On the Michigan ballot, the three leading liberal lights are Clinton, Kucinich, and Uncommitted. However, Michigan could play a decisive role in the Republican fight, sending one of the most beloved of the conservative cast members stumbling back to Massachusetts.
Mitt Romney needs to win something, anything, to continue to justify his well-coiffed presence in the race, and his father’s old stomping ground of Michigan could be that magic state that saves “Mitt-stravaganza ‘08” from an early and ignoble end.
Here’s the late numbers, from Politico GOP campaign embed Jonathan Martin:
The poll was taken Wednesday through Sunday, so it includes McCain’s New Hampshire bounce.
Predictably, McCain is doing well among indies and Dems while Romney leads among Republicans.
Also worth noting is that McCain has a strong precedent in the state (having beaten Bush there in 2000) and Martin reports that Huckabee may be quietly and effectively weaving his folksy spell on Michigan’s evangelical voters, often thought to be part of the Romney base.
For what its worth, Romney claims he will continue, even if it means a third silver medal—or worse.