Romney Grabs Michigan
He squeaks out victory over Santorum in must-win state
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2012 9:32 PM CST
Rick Santorum speaks during his primary election night party in Grand Rapids, Michigan.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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(Newser) – Mitt Romney needed a win in Michigan and he got one, though the narrow margin of victory in the state where he was born and raised may worry supporters, reports the Wall Street Journal. Romney ended up taking 41% of the vote, Rick Santorum finished a few points behind with 37.9%, while Ron Paul grabbed 11.6%, and Newt Gingrich came in last with 6.5%. With the win in Arizona already under his belt, it was a big night for Romney, although Michigan isn't a winner-take-all state,' so he may end up splitting its delegates with Santorum.

"We didn't win by a lot but we won by enough, and that's all that counts," Romney told cheering supporters. Santorum—whose campaign urged Democrats to come out and vote against Romney—called second place a strong showing in Romney's native state. "We came into the backyard of one of my opponents, in a race that everyone said, 'Just ignore, you really don’t have much chance here,'” he told supporters. “All I have to say is, ‘I love you' back."