Did Mitt Romney win the Michigan Primary or did he merely survive it?
“But why was it ever this close? Romney had superior money, organization, and, for a long time, name recognition. This state ought to be friendly to him—not because of his family ties, which were never as important as pundits assumed, but because the economy is the biggest issue in Michigan and Romney bills himself as the candidate best positioned to deal with it. Instead, Romney had to fight off an insurgency from Rick Santorum, who appealed to to economically strapped voters by appealing to their cultural values.”
—Jonathan Cohn, “Survival of the Mittest”
For more analysis of last night’s primaries, visit TNR.com for articles from Ed Kilgore on whether or not Romney has put the Republican establishment at ease and Alec MacGillis on why Romney’s campaign strategy in Michigan may have cost him the state in the general election.
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