February 28th, 2012
12:18 AM ET

More than delegates at stake in Arizona, Michigan primaries

n an election cycle that's seen more than its fair share of ups and downs, crucial primaries Tuesday in Arizona and especially Michigan could add a lot more drama to the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Fifty-nine delegates are up for grabs when both states vote. But much more than that, momentum that could alter the state of the race is at stake.

"Mitt Romney's ferocious campaign against Santorum in Michigan is pivot point of the campaign," GOP strategist and CNN contributor Alex Castellanos said.

Romney was born in Michigan and his father served as governor of the state in the 1960s. Many political pundits say losing the state could seriously sting Romney's bid for the nomination.

The most recent polls indicate it's all tied up in Michigan between the former Massachusetts governor and his top rival, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

The latest survey to suggest a dead heat: An American Research Group survey released Monday, which indicated that 36% of likely Michigan GOP primary voters were backing Santorum, with 35% supporting Romney, 15% backing Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and 8% supporting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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  1. drap

    When these two visit Arizona...maybe we can tryout the cartel catapault we seized last year... .

    February 28, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @drap, those 2 have already been to AZ. Thankfully they left. The GOP is pathetic that this is what they can offer up. This Independent voter can't vote in the primary. Should be interesting to see who is going to win. Obama will easily win by a landslide in Nov.

      February 28, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Overhand

    Its called a trebuchet,but LOL !

    February 28, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. drap

    Peter King looks like a marshmellow thats been f@rted on... .

    February 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Says alot for Romney cant even win his home state! Goes to show us michiganders are smarter than we get credit for! :)

    February 28, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Rich G.

      What's worse than Romney not winning in his own state, is the voters not winning in their own country. That is how it always plays out. Always has, always will.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |