Newt Gingrich en Michigan Republicans cheer new poll that shows presidential race is tied in Michigan <p>A new poll of likely Michigan voters shows Republican Mitt Romney has pulled even with President Barack Obama.&nbsp;&nbsp; That news was greeted with cheers today at the Republican National Convention.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:51:15 +0000 Steve Carmody 8828 at Michigan Republicans cheer new poll that shows presidential race is tied in Michigan Election Results: Michigan's Republican Presidential Primary <p><strong><em>Mitt Romney has won the popular vote in Michigan. </em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Precincts Reporting - 96%</em></strong></p><ul><li><strong>41.0%&nbsp;&nbsp; Mitt Romney - 395,360 votes</strong></li><li><strong>37.9%&nbsp;&nbsp; Rick Santorum- 366,146 votes</strong></li><li><strong>11.6%&nbsp;&nbsp; Ron Paul - 112,232 votes</strong></li><li><strong>6.5%&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Newt Gingrich - 62,858 votes</strong></li></ul><p><a href="">As we reported earlier</a>, Michigan&#39;s 30 delegates will be awarded by the popular vote (2 delegates), and for winning each of the 14 congressional districts (2 delegates for each district).</p><p>As of 11:55 this evening, the <a href="">Michigan Republican Party</a> is still determining the final delegate count.</p><p><strong>10:34 p.m.</strong></p><p>NPR has projected that Mitt Romney has won the popular vote in Michigan. The delegates for the 14 congressional districts in Michigan still remain to be tallied.</p><p><strong>10:13 p.m.</strong></p><p>Rick Santorum has taken the stage in Grand Rapids, saying they&#39;ve put up a good fight in his opponent&#39;s backyard.</p><p>&quot;The people of Michigan looked into the hearts of the candidates in Michigan... and all I have to say is, I love you back,&quot; said Santorum.</p><p><strong>10:05 p.m.</strong></p><p><a href="">The New York Times</a> reports that &quot;Mitt Romney has received a larger share of the vote than in 2008 in 62 of the 76 Michigan counties to have reported at least some results so far.&quot;</p><p>A good sign for Mitt Romney.</p><p>More from Mark Memmott at</p><ul><li class="r0">From NPR&#39;s Don Gonyea: &quot;Santorum crowd&#39;s hope for knock-out punch in MI fading as incoming vote totals now trending wrong way for them.&quot; (<a href="" target="_blank">link</a>) <span class="date">3 minutes ago</span></li><li class="r1">Here&#39;s how the AP is characterizing the race in Michigan: &quot;Mitt Romney ... is pulling ahead of Rick Santorum.&quot; <span class="date">4 minutes ago</span> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:55:00 +0000 Mark Brush 6417 at Election Results: Michigan's Republican Presidential Primary Huh? A vote for Santorum is actually a vote for Gingrich? And, other political junkie theories <p>Four days. We are now<em> four days</em> away from the state&rsquo;s super-important, all-encompassing <a href="">presidential primary </a>(just in case you don&rsquo;t feel like doing the math &ndash; that would be Tuesday). At this point in the campaign, <a href="">the most recent polls</a> are showing <a href="">Mitt Romney</a> with a slight advantage over his main rival in the state, <a href="">Rick Santorum</a>.</p><p><strong>Polling galore</strong></p><p>&ldquo;We have a Rasmussen poll that puts Mitt Romney ahead of Rick Santorum &ndash; outside of the margin of error &ndash; which would be an actual lead,&rdquo; Rick Pluta, Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network explains. And, then there&rsquo;s the new poll by Mitchell Research and Communications which also shows Romney in the lead but this one, &ldquo;is inside the margin of error&hellip; a statistical tie. But, I think perhaps more important than specifically where the numbers are at, it&rsquo;s what direction we&rsquo;re seeing the race take,&rdquo; Pluta notes.</p><p><strong>The all-important TREND moving towards Romney</strong></p><p>Rather than just looking at one or two polls, political campaigns tend to look at the<a href=""> actual trend</a> of the numbers: are the numbers moving in the direction of one candidate or the other over a certain period of time and what the spread is between the numbers. &ldquo;A lot of times, a lot of the media focuses on &lsquo;if the election were held today, then this would be the result&rsquo; kind of coverage. And, political professionals certainly care about that&hellip; but, they care <em>more </em>about what the spread is, what the gap is, between the candidates and what direction everything is taking. And, right now, everything seems to be moving in Mitt Romney&rsquo;s direction,&rdquo; Pluta explains.</p><p><strong>So, where&rsquo;s Newt?</strong></p><p><a href="">Newt Gingrich</a>, who, just a few short weeks ago was seen as Mitt Romney&rsquo;s main rival for the GOP nomination, has not actively campaigned in the state. &ldquo;We have confirmed, what we have long suspected: Gingrich is really leaving Michigan to Rick Santorum to chew on Mitt Romney,&rdquo; Pluta explains. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 22:57:44 +0000 Zoe Clark 6363 at Huh? A vote for Santorum is actually a vote for Gingrich? And, other political junkie theories New poll shows Romney leading Santorum in Michigan <p>There&#39;s nothing like a good political pony race, and Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are in a close one in Michigan.</p><p>Much has been made of Rick Santorum&#39;s lead in Michigan. How could an outsider be up on Michigan&#39;s native son?</p><p>Now a new poll shows Romney has closed the gap.</p><p>The Michigan Information and Research Service and the Mitchell Research Poll released new numbers this morning. It shows Romney leading Santorum 32 percent to 30 percent - well within the margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 18:59:25 +0000 Mark Brush 6302 at New poll shows Romney leading Santorum in Michigan Rick Santorum tops new poll of likely Republican presidential primary voters <p><a href="">Rick Santorum</a> is leading in a new poll of likely Republican presidential primary&nbsp;voters in Michigan. &nbsp;&nbsp;The primary is in two weeks.&nbsp;</p><p>A&nbsp;poll by <a href="">Public Policy Polling</a> finds 39% of likely primary voters (70% Republicans/30% Democrats&nbsp;and&nbsp;Independents) say they support the former Pennsylvania United States Senator.</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 17:01:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 6194 at Rick Santorum tops new poll of likely Republican presidential primary voters The Michigan Presidential primary is like that scene in Star Wars (kind of) <p>On Fridays, Rick Pluta, Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network, and I have been taking a look at state politics, we&rsquo;ve been trying to dig a little deeper beneath the week&#39;s political news. And, it sure seemed like one story, in particular, was making <strong>all</strong> the headlines this week.&nbsp; Headlines like, &ldquo;Romney Rebounds with Victory in Florida,&rdquo; and, &ldquo;Where Has the Newt-Mentum Gone?&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Just like <em>Star Wars</em>&hellip; (Well, sort of)<br /> </strong><br />This week&rsquo;s 2012 GOP Presidential primary storyline got us thinking about that classic scene from <em>Stars Wars: Episode VI &ndash; Return of the Jedi</em> where Princess Leia and Han Solo have been captured by Jabba the Hutt and Luke Skywalker tries to come to their rescue. Things don&rsquo;t go as planned and Luke ends up captured, too. Trying to gauge the severity of the situation Han asks Luke, &ldquo;How are we doing?&rdquo; Luke answers, &ldquo;The same as always.&rdquo; Han, with his characteristically dry sense of humor, responds, &ldquo;that bad, huh?&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and crew sort of made us think of <a href="">Newt Gingrich</a>, <a href="">Rick Santorum</a> and <a href="">Ron Paul</a>, coming into the <a href="">Michigan primary</a> &ndash; which is now just about three weeks away &ndash; and Gingrich almost seems to be in a position of &lsquo;now, I&rsquo;ve got them exactly where I want them.&rsquo; You know, he&rsquo;s an underdog, the odds are stacked against him&hellip; what Gingrich, Santorum and Paul all seem to be fighting is this aura of inevitability that is surrounding <a href="">Romney</a>,&rdquo; Pluta explains.</p><p>Okay, so maybe it&rsquo;s not an exact parallel but Pluta and I, at least, had a reason to watch some scenes from <em>Star Wars</em>. (And, just as a side note, there&rsquo;s quite a bit in the <em>Star Wars</em> movies that can be compared to American politics. But, that&rsquo;s a whole different story for a whole different time).</p><p><strong><em>&ldquo;A couple of weeks is a long time in American Politics.&rdquo; &ndash; Peter Jennings</em></strong></p><p>That well-known saying from Peter Jennings is something I always try to remember as I&rsquo;m listening to or reading the latest from the political pundits. Yes, Romney surely seems to have the &ldquo;Big-Mo&rdquo; (<a href="">the all-important &ldquo;momentum&rdquo; that Pluta and I have discussed before</a>) coming out of Florida, but, let&rsquo;s play Devil&rsquo;s Advocate for a minute, shall we? Pluta explains that, contrary to conventional wisdom, there are some reasons that Romney could have a difficult time winning the Michigan primary:</p><p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 18:23:18 +0000 Zoe Clark 6086 at The Michigan Presidential primary is like that scene in Star Wars (kind of) Endorsements: A Political Paradox <p>Now that the Florida primary is over, we&rsquo;re bound to see increasing media attention on Michigan. We&rsquo;re the next big state to hold a primary election, though not till the end of the month.</p><p>Native son Mitt Romney is heavily favored, but the fact that Newt Gingrich badly needs a win somewhere means we may see a fair amount of campaigning here.</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 15:49:04 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6065 at Endorsements: A Political Paradox Newt Gingrich compares Obama's policies to "Detroit and destruction" <p>Don&#39;t look now, but the 2012 presidential election is under way, and candidates are working to score political points early - so why not take a potshot at Detroit while you&#39;re at it?</p><p>Yesterday, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said President Obama&#39;s policies are &quot;going to lead us down the path to Detroit and destruction&quot; on <a href="">NBC&#39;s <em>Meet the Press</em></a>.</p><p>Here&#39;s the clip:</p><p><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase=",0,0,0" height="245" id="msnbc43c978" width="420"><param name="movie" value="" /><param name="FlashVars" value="launch=43038346^542987^622223&amp;width=420&amp;height=245" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" flashvars="launch=43038346^542987^622223&amp;width=420&amp;height=245" height="245" name="msnbc43c978" pluginspage="" src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="420" wmode="transparent"></embed></object></p><p style="font-size:11px; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #999; margin-top: 5px; background: transparent; text-align: center; width: 420px;">Visit for <a href="" style="text-decoration:none !important; border-bottom: 1px dotted #999 !important; font-weight:normal !important; height: 13px; color:#5799DB !important;">breaking news</a>, <a href="" style="text-decoration:none !important; border-bottom: 1px dotted #999 !important; font-weight:normal !important; height: 13px; color:#5799DB !important;">world news</a>, and <a href="" style="text-decoration:none !important; border-bottom: 1px dotted #999 !important; font-weight:normal !important; height: 13px; color:#5799DB !important;">news about the economy</a></p><p>Gingrich said Obama&#39;s policies are increasing dependence on entitlements. He called Obama the &quot;food stamp president&quot; in a recent speech in Georgia, his home state. Mon, 16 May 2011 14:30:10 +0000 Mark Brush 2510 at