January 14th, 2008
08:44 AM ET
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GOP candidates try to ease fears, win votes in Michigan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/01/14/michigan.primary/art.romney.2.mich.gi.jpg caption=" Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is a Michigan native."](CNN) - The GOP presidential front-runners, locked in a tight race, are churning out ads and talking about the economy in a last-minute effort to win over Michigan voters before Tuesday's primary.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a narrow lead over Arizona Sen. John McCain, according to recent polls in Michigan.

Twenty-eight percent of people likely to vote in Tuesday's GOP primary said they supported Romney, compared with 26 percent for McCain.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is in a close third with 17 percent, followed by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson with 5 percent each.

Related Video: CNN's Mary Snow runs down the Michigan primary race

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  1. Wayne, Greenville TX

    We have EVERYTHING to fear from ANY Republican candidate – it would result in four more years of decline for the USA.

    January 14, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. CC

    All of the comments on earlier blogs about Romney "crying" about his opponents.... Romney has paid for ads pointing out DISCREPANCIES in what Huckabee and McCain have said and done. Romney has held up in incredible fashion under the PERSONAL and CHEAP attacks by both Huck and McCain. Huck is a SLICK WILLY. My first realization of that was when he said he, a Baptist preacher, didn't know much about Mormons and then sends out a CONTRIVED innocent question that is in line with the Baptist Mormon bashing. Baptists are famous for their Mormon bashing. Then he throws in the apology....BUT his purposes are achieved all the while looking sweet and innocent. No, no....I don't believe this guy! And then the "negative" ad he was going to run, then didn't, then showed to the reporters. He gets all the press....but the ad was erroneous anyway because Massachusetts doesn't have the death penalty, so he would've looked like a fool!?!? He's manipulative, using his religious base to advance his political agenda.

    Romney has a PROVEN record in MA, the Olympics and his personal business. ????WHAT is all of the bashing of someone who uses EDUCATION–both law and business degrees adv degrees–and the American work ethic to make $$, do good with his money????? He donated his Olympic chair salary to charity. I'm NOT rich by any stretch, but I don't resent those who ARE that do good with their $$ either. And BY THE WAY, when Romney was governor, HE promoted family values, and stood up to protect innocent life and the sanctity of marriage. He DID lower taxes and balance their budget. McCain has LITTLE experience with balancing budgets in a REAL world and creating REAL jobs from the seat he has occupied for years. Let's elect someone with REAL credentials.
    And all of you Huck fans, why don't you get a REAL answer on the taxes raised in AR....while he says he didn't!

    January 14, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Kurt

    Go Mitt!

    January 14, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Attacks by the Establishment

    Well, well the establishment has decided that McCain will be the nominee. Who would have thunk it? Get ready for the SOS because that is what you will get!

    Ron Paul looks to be ready to go all the way and if truth trumps everything else in this world then Paul will wind up on top. If not, see above statement on SOS.

    January 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Ryan Theriot

    Please vote for Ron Paul so that we do not have to get micro chip implants and become slaves to a one world government. Thanks.

    January 14, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    I hope huckabee win. Mitt Rummey hope the people will support him like they did his daddy. bush said something like that also and look what happen to America

    January 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. George

    America should elect president from Guantanamo terrorists or recognized Osama as eternal President of USA.
    This idea will be accepted by terrorists and their supporters, their advocates and their religious society, this will be real change.

    January 14, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Spencer

    The poles are going to be pretty useless during the Michigan Primary. I know plenty of Democrats who are going to be voting in the Republican primary because the Democratic ticket is SO mesed up. I am not sure who this helps, but I am willing to bet their won't be a ton of Democrats voting for Huckabee.

    January 14, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
    January 14, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. AJ, IL

    If Mitt loses Michigan, he is a gonner. He should probably save his millions, but I still rooting for you Mitt. I think you are the best bet for Democrats to regain the White House.

    January 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. David T

    I am quite sure Romney is nothing like Bush (though McCain reminds me of Bush a bit). Hmmm...maybe Huckabee reminds me of Bush...nice and simplistic...trying to share his down-to-earth southern charm...and look where we stand. How about someone who has really dealt with ECONOMICS and the real BUSINESS WORLD.

    January 14, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Will - Miami, Fl

    Hey CNN – You were quick to echo the political hit-piece on Ron Paul from the PNAC funcded twerp via The New Republic. However, I haven't seen you post anything about the NAACP leader in TX that is standing by Ron Paul and telling people that he is NOT a racist. Why is that? You'll run a hit piece but you won't run positive news about him? The people that watch CNN and visit your web-site need to know how unfair and unbalanced you are.

    For anyone interested in the NAACP leader standing by Dr. Paul, simply do a Google search for "Ron Paul NAACP" and you'll find it. As a matter of a fact, if you want ANY truch about Congressman Paul, you'll have to dig for it on your own. The news media refuses to show you all of the MANY good qualities of this honorable and brilliant man.

    January 14, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Jon B Olathe KS

    Interesting that this article fails to mention that Ron Paul is polling AHEAD of Giuliani and Thompson....

    Why would they leave that out? Oh thats right this is ENTERTAINMENT not journalism...

    January 14, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Mccain Supporter

    Go Mccain!!! I hope you get the nomination! He is the only one in my opinion qualified to be presedent.

    January 14, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. John S. Maine

    Reverend Huckabee campaigned at churches and church parking lots on Sunday
    as the "Christian Leader".

    I am voting for Mitt Romney he tolerates all the faiths of America. Mitt Romney is a "American Leader".

    January 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Richard, Ewing, NJ

    David T,
    Romney is alot more like Bush than McCain will ever be. For one, McCain and Bush do not get along. Romney, likes Bush, was a governor. Romney, likes Bush, was a businessman, Romney, likes Bush, pondering to religious right, Romney, likes Bush, had no/little foreign policy. Romney, likes Bush, was borned in a wealthy family. Romney, likes Bush, never served in the US military. Romney, likes Bush, has no appearl to Independents and Democrats - a very divisive figure. Romney, like Bush, promises tax cut without spending cut..

    January 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Brandon

    Look I support Ron Paul but the fact is he won't get elected, because he is far too qualified and speaks the truth and from the heart. Apparently the American people do not understand honesty is better than lieing..

    January 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. homjett

    I agree with Gov Romney, we sure don't need someone who has been in the Senate for years, an still has old ideas. McCain feels that the Republican Party owes him, its HIS turn, an it seems that the MSM is pushing McCain and Gov Huckabee. MSNBC has almost made Gov. Huckabee a paid pundit. Maybe he is. I noticed on Morning Joe this morning, when they played a tape of Gov Romney, they cut it short, stating voice malfunction, however, the song was mighty clear to me. Bias anyone. Noting that Gov. Huckabee, who was also on (surprise), everything worked out for him. I see they are quoting Polls again, Polls that are outdated. Would the MSM just let those that go to the voting booths decide who THEY want.

    January 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Nomad

    Mitt is not a goner if he loses MI - but he will WIN Michigan. He now has more delegates than anyone else. Candidates get delegates even if they don't place first!!! McCain is NOT a conservative ... and, watch out, he's liable to bomb every middle east country if he gets elected - an old military man who likes the fight!!! It's time we got a brilliant businessman, who is knowledgeable and conservative on all planks of his platform. Illegal immigrations is ruining this country - it must be stopped!!! We're paying for their healthcare - they're not paying taxes – thus not contributing to our federal revenue ... it goes on and on. Romney's stand and plan for handling the I.I. issue is definitely the best one, to my mind. GO MITT!!!

    January 14, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Todd C.

    Fred Thompson is running for President??

    January 14, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. smk

    Having worked for Huckabee for a couple of years, I hope if he wins, he surrounds himself with more competent people than he did in AR, especially the ones who claimed to be so sophisticated in international affairs and did not have the faintest clue..

    January 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Joeley Reno, Nevada

    Hey Mitt, the people of Michigan are smarter than you think.

    McCain will win because he's a better candidate.

    Go home, please.

    January 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. CC, Bartlesville, OK

    America needs PROVEN leadership skills in a variety of venues. With our economy, we need someone who has handled and turned around economic woes! Romney has done great things economically for his state, his businesses and the Olympics......the record shows it.

    Where is my comment about Huckabee's story about not knowing much about Mormons? Why is it not showing up on these comments? I think he is a slick willy and subtley deceitful and using his religious connections for his political gain. We need proven leadership, not deceitful, slick dealing.

    January 14, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Chuck

    MiTTs the pits, Hucks the one!!!

    January 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. Cile

    Yeah I want Mitt to win too. He will be toast in the general election and finally we can get rid of republicans of which I use to be one until the bush debacle came to town. I can't for the life of me understand Mitt who seems to be a smart businessman and yet he can make an utter fool of himself in his support of bush. If there is one thing clear Mitt, 70% think bush is the worst president ever. Did you miss the message or what ???!!!

    January 14, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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