Wounded Romney Vows Fight

Supporters crest-fallen, candidate faces critical Michigan hurdle
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 11:46 AM CST
A deflated thunder stick sits on the carpet after a primary watch party for Republican presidential hopeful former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Bedford, N.H., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008. Romney pledged...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Rushing through a 7-minute concession speech last night after he came in a disappointing second again, Mitt Romney turned immediately to Michigan, which looks like make-or-break for the former governor. Aides blamed the loss on the mauling Romney got in anti-endorsements in New Hampshire newspapers, and “authenticity” issues they couldn't shake, despite the shock-and-awe spending, ABC reports.

Romney was born in Michigan and his father was a popular three-term governor there. But John McCain carried Michigan in 2000. Romney's biggest advantage now could be that he's not a frontrunner, said one strategist. "This is a year when someone is in the spotlight as the inevitable winner, they get knocked off."