Mitt Romney scored himself a win in the Michigan primary tonight with a “commanding victory” over John McCain. The NY Times reports that Romney scored “with a message aimed at voters deeply anxious about the state’s ailing economy.”
Mr. Romney needed a victory in Michigan to save his candidacy after finishing second to Mr. McCain in New Hampshire and to Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, in Iowa. Mr. Huckabee finished third in Michigan.
With 97 percent of the electoral precincts reporting, Mr. Romney had 39 percent of the vote, compared with 30 percent for Mr. McCain and 16 percent for Mr. Huckabee. Ron Paul, the antiwar congressman from Texas, came in fourth with 6 percent of the vote.
It’s on to South Carolina and Nevada this weekend “with no clear front-runner and two credible candidates, Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, and former Senator Fred D. Thompson of Tennessee, yet to seriously contest a state.”
Both Rudy and Fred should hang it up in my opinion. CNN reports that Romney won “a strong share of evangelical voters.” Hmmm… Could it be the Huck came on too strong in Michigan last night?
In the Democratic not really a primary, primary Hillary Clinton who was the only one of the frontrunners on the ballot garnered 55% of the vote and 40% voted “uncommitted.”
The graphic below shows that 2 counties in Michigan had the highest “uncommitted vote” with the majority of the state falling for Clinton:
The “uncommitted vote” is being analysized as bad sign for Clinton:
…roughly 70 percent of Michigan’s African-American voters — a group that makes up a quarter of Michigan’s Democratic electorate — did not cast their votes for Clinton, choosing the “uncommitted” option instead. Yet these voters weren’t uncommitted at all: in fact, according to CNN exit polls, they overwhelmingly favored Barack Obama, whose name did not appear on the ballot.
Had Obama’s name been on the Michigan ballot, CNN exit polls show that he would have won an overwhelming 73 percent of the African-American vote, in contrast to 22 percent who say they would have voted for Clinton under those circumstances. If South Carolina’s large African-American community votes as Michigan’s, Hillary may not be feeling much ‘southern hospitality’ in that state.
For all intents and purposes there are no delegates awarded to Clinton from the Michigan primary, due to Michigan going against the DNC and moving their primary ahead. Will Bunch is now predicting that this could lead to a potentially ugly and huge mess if no clear nominee emerges from Mega Tuesday next month. Stay tuned…