Romney talks at a house party in Michigan Saturday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Mitt Romney told CNN Sunday he will continue his presidential campaign through February even if he fails to score a much-needed win in Tuesday's Michigan primary.
"It's not do or die," Romney said on CNN's Late Edition of a Michigan win. "We are going all the way through February. But I can tell you, it is very important to me…I would like to see Michigan in the win column."
Romney placed second in Iowa and New Hampshire earlier this month, despite heavily outspending his opponents on television advertising there.
And according to a new analysis from TNS Media Intelligence/Campaign Media Analysis Group, CNN’s consultant on campaign ad spending, the former Massachusetts governor is also on track to dwarf his chief rivals on television advertising in Michigan.
He has spent more than $2 million on ads in that state, compared to John McCain's $360,000 and Mike Huckabee's $40,000.
Two new polls out of Michigan Sunday continue to show Romney and McCain are locked in a tight race for the top spot, while Huckabee is in a close third. A McClatchy/MSNBC poll puts Romney 8 points ahead of McCain, while a Detroit Free Press survey has Romney up by 5. Meanwhile, a Detroit News poll released Saturday showed McCain with a statistically-insignificant 1-point edge over Romney.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney