by Steven Ertelt
January 13, 2008
Lansing, MI (LifeNews.com) — Republicans head to Michigan on Tuesday for the next battle for the GOP presidential nomination and the race there has become a dead heat between Mitt Romney and John McCain.
Romney has taken his resources out of Florida and South Carolina and seems to be making a last stand in Michigan while McCain is fresh from his primary victory in New Hampshire that has bolstered his standings in other leading primary states.
Several polls released over the weekend show McCain and Romney battling for first place while Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucus, has third place all to himself.
The average of the last six polls in Michigan in the most recent days shows Romney with about 26 percent of the vote and McCain getting the support of 25 percent of Republican voters. Huckabee has the backing of 16 percent of Michigan Republicans.
Ron Paul, Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani all poll in single digits and have about 5-6 percent of the vote apiece, the surveys show.
The Michigan Republican race is so close that three of the six most recent polls, done by the Detroit News, Mitchell Research, and American Research Group, show McCain in the lead. Another three, conducted by the Detroit Free Press, Mason-Dixon, and Rasmussen, have Romney ahead.
McCain holds his largest lead in an ARG poll showing him with 34 percent, Romney 27 percent and Huckabee 15 percent. Romney has his best showing in the Mason-Dixon survey with 30 percent to 22 for McCain and 17 percent for Huckabee.
Without a serious contest for Democrats, some political observers say Huckabee could be hurt as independent voters may break for John McCain.
Meanwhile, the popular liberal blog Daily Kos has encouraged Democrats to support Mitt Romney.
All of the Republican candidates are campaigning as pro-life advocates on abortion, except former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. They oppose forcing taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research, except Giuliani and McCain, and Romney supports destroying human embryos from fertility clinics.
Pro-life organizational endorsements have been split among Huckabee and Thompson with a few going to Romney and McCain.