Mitt Romney Wins Michigan Primary; John McCain, Mike Huckabee Follow

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 16, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Mitt Romney Wins Michigan Primary; John McCain, Mike Huckabee Follow Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 16,

Lansing, MI ( — Mitt Romney finally won the big primary election he needed to remain one of the top contenders for the Republican nomination for president. He came way with 39 percent of the vote in the industrial state and exit polling data showed he connected with voters there who are concerned about economic issues.

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Romney had 39 percent of the Republican vote while John McCain, who won the New Hampshire primary, came in second with 30 percent.

Mike Huckabee, the winner in Iowa, came in third with 16 percent of the vote, as most of the pre-primary polling data suggested would happen.

The other three major Republican candidates all failed to reach double digits in Michigan as Ron Paul captured six percent, Fred Thompson four percent and Rudy Giuliani, who is banking on a comeback in Florida, received just three percent.

Another two percent of the voters said they were uncommitted and a scant few voters backed Duncan Hunter.

Looking at exit polling data about why Republican voters chose among the candidates the way they did, there was very little difference in the male versus female vote although Romney and Huckabee tended to do better with women than men and McCain and Paul tended to do better with men than women.

Exit polls showed 62 percent of Michigan Republicans think abortion should be illegal while just 35 percent back legalized abortion.

Among pro-life voters, Romney captured 39 percent but Huckabee ate into McCain’s support as he received the backing of 23 percent of pro-life voters and McCain 25 percent.

McCain won among pro-abortion Republicans with 39 percent of the vote while Romney got 35 percent and no other candidate received more than 10 percent.

The most pro-life voters preferred Huckabee first over Romney and then McCain on a 35-31-20 percentage point margin while Romney won among those who are pro-life and want abortions illegal but support some exceptions.

Conservatives broke for Romney 41-23-20 percent over McCain and Huckabee while moderates supported McCain 40-34-10 over Romney and Huckabee. However, 56 percent of the voters in Michigan were conservatives while 33 percent were moderates and 11 percent considered themselves liberals.