Romney Wins GOP Election Victories in Michigan, Arizona

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 28, 2012   |   11:45PM   |   Washington, DC

Mitt Romney pulled out two election victories Tuesday night in the Republican primary election for the right to take on pro-abortion President Barack Obama this November — winning in both Michigan and Arizona.

The southwestern state that normally trends for Republicans in the general election was the first to be called on this election night and the former Massachusetts governor won the state with the support of 50 percent of GOP voters there. With 43 percent of the vote counted, Rick Santorum placed second with 23 percent, Newt Gingrich pulled a third place finish with 17 percent and Ron Paul finished fourth with 8 percent.

Exit polling in Arizona showed 38 percent of voters said electability was the candidate quality that matters most. Twenty percent said strong character was the most important, while 22 percent said the having the right experience, and 16 percent said being a true conservative.

Meanwhile, Romney won Michigan and, with 75 percent of the votes counted, he received 41 percent of the vote to 37 percent for Santorum, 12 percent for Paul and 7 percent for Gingrich.

Not surprisingly, in both Michigan and Arizona, the economy is the issue voters care most about, the early exit polling shows. In Michigan, 54 percent called the economy the most important issue. Another 24 percent called the federal budget the most important issue, while 14 percent named abortion and 3 percent said illegal immigration.

In Arizona, 48 percent said the economy is the most important issue, while 32 percent named the federal budget, 12 percent said illegal immigration and 6 percent said abortion.

In Michigan, 33 percent said the ability to defeat Mr. Obama was the most important quality. Another 23 percent said strong character, while 22 percent said having the right experience and 15 percent said being a true conservative.

About half of Michigan voters made up their minds about which candidate to support sometime this month, according to the early exit polling, including 24 percent who made up their minds within the last few days. The recent debates were an important factor for 34 percent of Michigan primary voters, but 63 percent said they were not an important factor.

Most Arizona voters, meanwhile, decided on their candidate a while ago. More Arizona voters — 45 percent — said the debates were an important factor in their decision.

A candidate needs 1,144 delegates to secure the GOP nomination. Romney is leading with 123 delegates followed by Santorum with 72, according to an Associated Press tally.

All in all, the Republican candidates are campaigning as pro-life advocates and would be monumentally better than pro-abortion President Barack Obama. No matter which GOP hopeful you support, they all would very likely implement a host of pro-life policies, appoint pro-life people to key administrative and court positions, and give unborn children the hope they don’t enjoy currently when it comes to any chance of gaining legal protection from abortion.

Throughout this campaign, LifeNews has endeavored to report fairly, accurately, and thoroughly on all of the pro-life candidates for president and we will continue to do so. We have not endorsed or opposed any particular candidate but urge the pro-life community to unite together to defeat Obama in November.