(LIN) – The race for the Republican nomination for president continues towards what looks to be a neck-and-neck finish in Michigan.
In a Rasmussen
poll, Romney just edges out Santorum, 40 to 34 percent.
This news is good for Romney, who was trailing Santorum by double digits only weeks before. He spoke about the state of the race on
Fox. “Ten days ago,” he said, “Rasmussen had me down 15 points. I’m making progress…but we’ll see what happens in the remaining days.”
Romney, who took the state when he ran in 2008, is taking no chances against Santorum. The well-funded former governor is outspending Santorum in advertising and is getting a little help from fellow candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas. Even though Paul isn’t competing in Michigan, he’s airing Santorum
On the other hand, Santorum is holding steady by attacking Romney and President Barack Obama on the campaign trail. “We’re hanging in there,” he said
Sunday. “We’re holding our own. I’m sure Gov. Romney thought he’d only have to spend $20 to win in Michigan.”
Some of his attacks on Obama managed to steal headlines this week. Speaking about higher education, Santorum called Obama a
“snob” for wanting “everybody in America to go to college.”
The former senator stood by his comments Sunday.
“A lot of people have no aspiration to go to college,” said
Santorum. “To say it’s everybody’s goal… I think, devalues the tremendous work that people who, frankly, don’t go to college and don’t want to go to college because they have a lot of other talents and skills that, frankly, college, you know, four-year colleges may not be able to assist them. ”
A few high-profile Romney supporters were also on-hand Sunday morning shows including the newest Governor to endorse him, Jan Brewer, R-Ariz.
“I’m prepared to endorse Mitt Romney,” Brewer said on
“Meet the Press.” Brewer believes Romney’s business history would be a valuable asset as president and called election 2012, “an interesting campaign.”
She also predicted the race would be largely over after Super Tuesday (March 6), when a number of states hold their Republican primaries.
Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., another Romney supporter, said the race is wide open.
“I don’t think anyone is a shoe-in,” he said
Sunday. “The primary voters are still shopping.”
Christie has campaigned heavily for Romney and believes voters will be attracted to the former governor’s personal financial successes.
“Do they want someone who has been a failure? No,” he said.
Christie also warned that because of Romney's frontrunner status, misspeaks and slip-ups on the campaign trail will be scrutinized in the media. He pointed to Romney’s “poor” remark as an example. “If what we want are blow dried answers, we’re not going to know who the man is.”
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