Atlanta (CNN) – We are focused Tuesday on the results of the Republican battle for Michigan and Arizona, but the candidates are already looking beyond these primaries with a sharp eye on Super Tuesday.
Conventional wisdom says Michigan is a must win for Mitt Romney, while public polling shows the former Massachusetts governor is in position to easily win Arizona and its 29 delegates.
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Unlike Arizona's winner-take-all rule, Michigan's 30 delegates are divided up proportionally, therefore setting up a scenario where there could be two winners or two losers Tuesday night depending on how you look at it. Romney could win the popular vote, but Rick Santorum could walk away with more delegates. If this happens, who is the winner? Who is the loser? And what about Arizona? Will a victory in Arizona be overshadowed by a split decision in Michigan?
We should (hopefully) have answers later Tuesday evening after the polls close. In the meantime, Super Tuesday on March 6, when 10 states weigh in on the GOP contest, is within sight and the candidates are already looking to next week's contests.
Ron Paul will spend Tuesday night in Northern Virginia, while Newt Gingrich spends the day in Georgia. Even Santorum takes a few hours out of his day campaigning in Michigan to hop over to Ohio to press the flesh with Super Tuesday voters. Santorum will return to Michigan in the evening to watch election returns.
And President Obama addresses the United Auto Workers Union in Washington, DC – how convenient on the day of the Michigan Primary.
The presidential candidates are on the campaign trail today and CNN.com brings you all of the action live. Tune in here:
9:15 am ET: Mitt Romney stops by his campaign headquarters in Livonia, Michigan Watch: http://live.cnn.com/
11:00 am ET: Newt Gingrich holds a campaign rally in Dalton, Georgia Watch: http://live.cnn.com/
11:30 am ET: President Obama appears before the United Auto Workers Union in Washington, DC Watch: http://live.cnn.com/
11:30 am ET: Rick Santorum holds a campaign rally in Perrysburg, Ohio Watch: http://live.cnn.com/
3:00 pm ET: Newt Gingrich holds a campaign rally in Rome, Georgia Watch: http://live.cnn.com/
6:30 pm ET: Ron Paul holds a campaign rally in Springfield, Virginia Watch: http://live.cnn.com/
7:00 pm ET: Newt Gingrich holds a campaign rally in Carrollton, Georgia Watch: http://live.cnn.com/
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Unlike Arizona's winner-take-all rule, Michigan's 30 delegates are divided up proportionally, ....
I thought the rule was established at the 2008 RNC convention that any pimary conducted prior to a certain date, [March 1? ], would have to award their delegates proportionally? Are Republicans breaking and making up rules as they go along again?
If Mr Personality cant even beat a Religios Zealot nut, how do you think he would be face to face with the words leaders. This dude just dont have a Genuine bone in his body.
I would be surprised if Romney didn't win both MI and AZ. My support is fully behind Romney. Santorum has absolutely no experience doing anything but pork barrel projects in the Senate. Is that who Republicans want as their 2012 GOP nominee?
Republicans should coalesce behind Romney. Santorum is a JOKE.
"Republicans should coalesce behind Romney."
"Republicans should coalesce around the guy Rove is trying to ram down their throats."