Although the past few weeks have been a challenge for Mitt Romney, as Rick Santorum emerged as a strong competitor, the Michigan primary results showed exactly where voters stand. For Santorum the lucky strike he scored in the last three caucuses might have defocused former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, but as the results have shown, it was just a temporary affair. Now, with the Michigan primary results in and favorable, Romney’s standing in the Republican race has been boosted once again.
Romney looked contended with the results as he told his raving supporters in Michigan: “We didn’t win by a lot, but we won by enough. I take great pride in my Michigan roots, and am humbled to have received so much support here these past few weeks”.
Basically, at this point other candidates in the GOP presidential nomination race should definitely start reconsidering whether it’s really worth to lose any more of their time, energy and other people’s money. The matter at hand is that Mitt Romney scored favorably not only in the Michigan primary but in the Arizona too, so he enters a new series of caucuses reinforced by the wins so far. At least from a morale point of view, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are heavily disadvantaged.
But, even with Mitt Romney doing so well on the last two caucuses, the other three candidates have one last chance. Romney should lose in the Super Tuesday primaries, giving the others momentum. Tennessee, Washington and Ohio and crucial for all the Republican candidates involved in the race.
Mitt Romney looks confident heading towards the March 3rd Washington state caucus and the March 6th Super Tuesday. As he hinted Tuesday night, he places his bets on focusing on the primary message of his campaign. That means his speech and selling pitch will talk about economy, unemployment, jobs and helping the U.S. recover faster from the recession of the last years.
The former Massachusetts Governor didn’t lose any time in preparing his campaign in Ohio. He started even before the Michigan primary results were in. Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich is currently focusing to gain support back home in Georgia, the state he had represented for two decades in the House.