Michigan GOP election heads to uncertain finish

By: Associated Press, Gabby Gonzalez Email
By: Associated Press, Gabby Gonzalez Email

As Michigan residents head to the polls, native son Mitt Romney and ex-Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum have a lot on the line.

Losing the state he grew up in would be a blow to Romney's campaign, but Santorum's banking big on a strong Michigan showing to build momentum heading into next week's Super Tuesday contests.

Romney's ties to the Wolverine state garnered him support early on from some voters. Buchanan resident Mary Williams said she was hoping Romney would run for president again in 2012.

"I think he is the man for the job," Williams said.

Others said they are looking for a fresh fresh to take on President Obama in the general election.

"The reason why I'm supporting Santorum s because Romney has lost to McCain and McCain lost to Obama in the last election," Dennis Stombaugh said.

Voters who select a GOP presidential ballot Tuesday also can choose Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul.

"After following the debates, I ended up going with Newt," Buchanan resident Linda Wegener said.

Seven Republicans on the ballot are inactive or haven't mounted major campaigns.

President Barack Obama has no competition in the Democratic primary, and votes for him won't count. Democrats will choose their favorite at a May 5 caucus.

Romney, Santorum and Paul have campaigned heavily.

At stake for Republicans are 30 delegates awarded largely by congressional district.

Voters in Buchanan also had a bond issue on their ballots. The proposal would allow the city to borrow $19.5 million to make improvements to two schools in the area.

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