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Big night for Romney in Arizona, Michigan (phew) sets his focus back on Tampa



romney-michigan-for-mitt-600x325.jpgMitt Romney's victory in Arizona and Michigan, where he grew up, puts him back in lead position for Super Tuesday and the slow, sometimes painful march toward the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Challenges remain but Romney can claim momentum. He snagged all 29 of Arizona's delegates while the Michigan split was still unknown as of 10:50 p.m.

"We didn't win by a lot, but we won by enough, and that's all that counts," Romney said after Michigan was called.

The downside is Romney had to fight so hard in his native state, underscoring his problem sealing the deal with conservatives. Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the DNC, mocked him on Twitter: "Gee, do you think @MittRomney should be winning his home state by more than 30K votes? Outspent @RickSantorum 2:1 & won #MI by 10 pts in '08."

Super Tuesday, a week from today, should be a heck of a thrill with Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee being the key battlegrounds among the 10 voting states.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 11:49pm]


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