Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney only narrowly defeated former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, 41-38 percent, in Romney's home state of Michigan, but handily won the primary contest in Arizona February 28.
Santorum placed second in both contests, with Ron Paul finishing a distant third (though double his vote of 2008) in Michigan and Newt Gingrich placed fourth with only single digits. Gingrich won 16 percent in Arizona, enough to best Paul's fourth place eight percent vote.
The tight race for the win in the Michigan primary caused concern for the Romney campaign, as his rivals — particularly Newt Gingrich — had opined that Romney would have to win his "home state" of Michigan in order to keep his campaign viable. "All I know is we came to Mitt Romney’s home state, got outspent by millions and millions of dollars, and at least according to the polls, it’s very competitive," John Brubaker, a senior strategist for Santorum, told the Detriot Free Press after the primary.
Mitt Romney did grow up in Michigan, a state where his father served as Governor from 1962-69. Romney's rivals have tried to multiply Romney's "home" states in order to excuse electoral losses in recent months, adding Massachusetts (where Mitt Romney served as Governor), New Hampshire (where Romney has a summer home), Maine (which shares some media markets with Massachusetts), Utah (where Romney worked to save the Olympics), and just about any other state with a large population of Mormons.
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