• Mitt Romney and His Money Tighten the Race in Michigan

    Mitt Romney — one of the few human beings on Earth who might possibly lose a popularity contest to Rick Santorum — is in the process of learning a valuable lesson in his "home state" of Michigan: Money can't make people like you, except that, really, it probably can

    The Republican race for President in Michigan has tightened considerably over the last week, with what was a 15 point lead for Rick Santorum down to 4. He leads with 37% to 33% for Mitt Romney, 15% for Ron Paul, and 10% for Newt Gingrich.

    The tightening over the last week is much more a function of Romney gaining than Santorum falling. Santorum's favorability spread of 67/23 has seen no change since our last poll, and his share of the vote has dropped only 2 points from 39% to 37%. Romney meanwhile has seen his net favorability improve 10 points from +10 (49/39) to +20 (55/35) and his vote share go from 24% to 33%.

    Now, some people might say that the unprecedented meteor-sized hunk of cash that Romney and his supporters have hurled in the direction of the Great Lakes State would serve as some possible explanation for Romney's sudden popularity spike.

    But I doubt you'll be able to hear those people over the sound of the $500,000 speaker system that the Romney campaign set up just next to them.

    Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Michigan, Mitt Romney, Polls, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum


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