January 15th, 2008
10:09 PM ET
15 years ago

How Romney won: Economy, evangelicals, local ties

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/15/art.romneywin.ap.jpg caption=" Three factors helped Romney win Michigan."](CNN) - Mitt Romney's victory over John McCain can be credited to three factors, CNN exit polling indicates.

A majority of Michigan voters named the economy as the most pressing issue - and those voters overwhelming chose the former Massachusetts governor and one-time successful businessman: 41 percent of them went for Romney, compared to 29 percent who went for McCain.

Romney was also aided by winning a strong share of evangelical voters. As predicted, evangelical turnout was up this cycle - they constituted 38 percent of GOP primary voters. Mike Huckabee was banking on winning this bloc as overwhelmingly as he had in Iowa, but the exit polls indicate that he and Romney were essentially tied among those voters, with Romney getting the votes of 33 percent to Huckabee’s 31 percent.

Finally, Romney's local ties to Michigan - he was born there, and his father served as the state’s governor - may have put him over the top: 41 percent of Republican primary voters said Romney's connection to Michigan was an important factor in their decision on who to support.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: John McCain • Michigan
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Marti, San Diego CA

    Thank you Michigan for DECISIVELY voting for the most qualified candidate!!!

    Now perhaps the liberal media can get off of their anti-Romney coverage.

    January 16, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Nomad

    Well – glad you brought that up. Mr. Huckabee made that little snide remark (wink, wink) when asked what he knew of Mormons – he said "don't they believe that Satan and Jesus are brothers?". Well, in seminary (if he WENT to seminary) ministers DO study other world religions. So he knows what they believe!!! Just an absolute ridiculous thing to say – even in jest!!! His sense of humor is definitely suspect - he's a sleeze!!! I'm a vegetarian, PETA and ASPCA member, and environmental activist. To see a prospective President out hunting and killing quail (or whatever he was hunting) turns my stomach. He brags about the animals he eats (like squirrel)!!! Oh my God!!! And his little country quips are just so lame and boring!!! GO MITT!!! You're gaining speed now ... they're all toast!!!

    January 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Mario

    Bryan, I'm sure Ron Paul is a great person, I don't know much about him, but I think he isn't going to very far in this election.

    Go Mitt!

    January 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Steven Pasillas

    I am an Evangelical and a Democrat ,but I like Mitt's ability to take action in a bad economy with great results and we need a president with capabilities in that area and also in social reform.I am definitely voting for Mitt,this country needs to mend itself and I believe that with him in office we can facilitate that.

    January 17, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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