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Romney takes two GOP primary wins in Michigan, Arizona

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took two wins by coming out on top in the GOP primary in Arizona and — after initially lagging in the polls — taking victory in Michigan.

Michael Key, Washington Blade

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Media outlets declared the former Massachusetts governor the winner in Arizona shortly after the polls closed. With 90 percent of precincts reporting late Tuesday, Romney had captured 47.3 percent of the vote, a plurality over the other candidates.

But because of the tighter race in Michigan, Romney wasn’t declared the victory until after 10 pm. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, the candidate had 41.1 percent of the vote, although Rick Santorum followed close behind at 37.9 percent.

During his campaign speech in Novi, Mich., Romney noted that he wasn’t expected to win in his home state of Michigan — an outcome that would have jeopardized the chances of him claiming the Republican nomination.

“It was just a week ago, the pundits and the pollsters, they were going to count us out,” Romney said. “But across Michigan, and Arizona, I kept on meeting moms and dads, and students, and grandparents – and they were concerned about what’s happening to this great country of ours. And I was confident that we could come together today and take a giant step toward a bright future. So tonight, their efforts have brought our cause a great victory, and we celebrate with people across these states.”

Romney noted, “We didn’t by a lot, but won by enough, and that’s all that counts.”

Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, said Romney’s victories in Arizona and Michigan were “big wins.” LaSalvia has personally endorsed the candidate.

“Governor Romney’s wins tonight are particularly pivotal given the recent surge by former Senator Rick Santorum,” LaSalvia said. “It is clear that Governor Romney’s message ofeconomic hope and renewal has resonated with voters in both Michigan and Arizona.”

Romney’s win in Michigan wasn’t expected because Santorum was leading in the polls. An effort was underway by Democrats to bring out the vote for Santorum to prolong the Republican primary and damage Romney. Michigan has an open primary in which Democrats can participate.

Santorum, who’s also been on top in the national polls for the Republican nomination, has been alarming LGBT activists because of his socially conservative views. On Sunday, he said on ABC’s “This Week” that he doesn’t believe “in an America where the separation of church and state are absolute.

“The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country … to say that people of faith have no role in the public square?” Santorum said. “You bet that makes me want to throw up.”

R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the National Log Cabin Republicans, said Romney’s wins shows Santorum views aren’t resonating with the Republican Party.

“Mitt Romney’s victories in Arizona and Michigan reflect a tightening in the field and rejection of Rick Santorum’s extreme views against gays, women and education,” Cooper said. “It remains unknown the actual delegate count from tonight, but any hopes by Santorum to take the race all the way to Tampa have been greatly diminished.”

Cooper predicated the outcome of the Michigan and Arizona primaries would yield greater donor support to Romney as well as the Republican National Committee. Additionally, he predicted a greater turnout on Super Tuesday, which is set for March 6.

The next contest in Republican primary will take place on Saturday, when Washington State holds its caucus. But the next contest after that, Super Tuesday, will involve contests in Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.

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52 more reader comments:

  1. the antichrist is winning… beware!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 9:33pm
  2. great…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 9:34pm
  3. God help us all.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 9:34pm
  4. Funny you should call him that. The Mormons had chosen him very early on to take the White House and deliver it to the Mormons. Scary, scary, scary! I actually wanted Santorum to win so I could watch him idiot out with President Obama in debates. Romney is one of the awful. Yikes!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 9:36pm
  5. He can enjoy his little victory for now.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 9:37pm
  6. Romney is a hell of alot better than Santorum. And Romney’s stance on gay and lesbian issues is the same as Barack Obama’s So if you’re going to bash Romney, then you have to say the same thing about Obeezy, because their position on marriage equality is the same.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 9:38pm
  7. rodney pull your collective heads out of your ass.. Obama is light years better then mittens – Obama has done more for LGBTQ communitry then any other president….

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 9:40pm
  8. Ron Paul… That is all.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 9:42pm
  9. This is really sad to say and I’m working to help get Obama re-elected, but after Obama, Mittens is our next best hope. That’s really say to say and I never thought i’d say it, but it’s true.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 9:48pm
  10. once definitive proof comes out of Maine that the mormon church is behind the gay bashing, homophobic tactics of NOM and other ani-gay activites – he will lose support

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 9:51pm
  11. @Rodney Moore you are absolutely right. I am sick of people praising Obama, what has he done for you? Nothing for me… at all. His stance of gay marriage is the same as Romney… there is NOTHING to praise Obama over… so please stop the non-sense.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 9:52pm
  12. OK josh, you are truly ignorant.. What has Obama and his administration done: 2009: Ordered federal gov to extend benefits to same sex partners of federal employees, Hosted first White House LBGT Pride reception in HISTORY, Awarded highest CIvilian Honor, The MEdal of Freedom to Billie Jean King and Harvey Milk. Created a National Resource Center for LGBT Elders, Signed the Matthew SHepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into Law ( romney was against),

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 9:57pm
  13. Boooo!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 10:00pm
  14. In 2010, Ended Discrinimation based on gender identity in fed gov. Lifted ban that prohibited hiv/aids sufferes from entering the US; Enacted Affordable Care Act, Ensured hospital care / visitation and medical decision making rights for G?L partnersof patients; Allowed Trans Americans to receive true gender passports without surgery, Ensured family leave for LBGTQ employees; Granted the LA G/L Community Services Centre to work with LGBT Youth. Recorded It Gets Better Video, Led UN Measure that RESTORED SEXUAL ORIENTATION to Human Rights. Signed repeal of DONT ASK DONT TELL.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 10:01pm
  15. I truthfully can’t tell Romney or Santorum apart. They’re both equally ignorant and are making an extreme effort to go out of their way to shove their PERSONAL beliefs down our throats. No thanks. If either one of those crooks are elected, I’m leaving the U.S. nothing good will come from either of them.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 10:03pm
  16. 2011, Ensured Gov Housing programs cannot discriminate agianst LGBT community; Proposed more funding for HIV/ Aids prevention education, bullying and teen suicide ( romney and santorum are still agianst this) Declared Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and announced the Administration will no longer defend its constitutionality in court. Hosted a conference on bullying prevention at the white house; COmpletede INstitute of Medicine Study on LGBT – First of its kind in HISTORY; Clarified the meaning of family to include LGBT relationships, helping to protect bi-national families threatened with deportation; Supported Lesbian widow Edith Winsor in her suit against DOMA; Strengthened same sex hospital visitation rights. Implemented REPEAL OF DODA.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 10:06pm
  17. SO Josh and Rodney get off your fucking soapbox and learn your history – you are a disgrace to our community

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 10:06pm
  18. What has Obama done – The real question is What have YOU done?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 10:07pm
  19. Even if the only thing he did was repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell – that is a milestone in itself…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 10:12pm
  20. So why does Obamagod he think its okay to discriminate against gays regarding marriage?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 11:05pm
  21. he hasnt discriminated yet.. he hasnt stepped up tot he plate as much as we would like. Maybe it has to do with timing, and getting re-elected… As the election nears, he will take a stance… and next term, it will be done!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 11:07pm
  22. He has spent most of his time cleaning up the trash Bush left him… Sorry you cannot walk into presidency after that asshat and be able to get everything you want done.. certain things were more important.. like getting your soldiers home, the GFC, foreign relations – ( which rumsfeld and bush brought to an all time low).

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 11:08pm
  23. he got my vote

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 11:12pm
  24. Would it take along time to tell his people to push it through? He had total control of the government the first two years and did not try and end marriage discrimination.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 11:16pm
  25. what you dont think people getting killed in a foreign country, and dealing with bush war crimes is more important. Yes our equality IS important – but he has a whole world to deal with also… Look at what he has done, then ask how you can help..

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 11:25pm
  26. And from what I understand of your laws, the President does not pass laws – Congress does. He can only sign them AFTER they approve them. Get on the heals of your senators and congress persons – get them to push legislation forward – you NEVER have had a President more willing to accept it

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 11:27pm
  27. Would it take along time to tell his people to push it through? How si that the Presidents job? YOU tell Congress to put it through – Get your friends to tell Congress to put it through. You want it passed – then MAKE Congress Hear you!! Do not wait for someone else to do what you can do….

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 11:29pm
  28. He Had control of the Congress his first two years, that was my point. He still chose to let gay discrimination stand. His first two years were a golden opportunity for change if he had wanted it. There was time for staff and Congress with their staffs to get it done if they wanted to. He’s telling you to go sit in the back of the bus and shut up, but for vote for me again.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 11:34pm
  29. CHarles, look at what he got through congress during that time. Not every Democrat would vote for it… And the WAR was more important.. then the GFC… Yes, I want equality also – but bringing your troops home should be priority… They are your fathers, sons, daughters, wives, mothers, sisters… And, Yes some of them are gay also!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 11:37pm
  30. So he had time to do that long list of items you mentioned, but he didn’t have time for one more thing (or couldn’t have replaced marriage with something else that he did do) because he was too busy bringing the troops home. That argument is so ridiculous it’s comical. I guess, any item that he didn’t get to was because he was too busy bringing the troops home. The CHILDREN have been replaced by THE SOLDIERS, I see. BTW, I’m an ex-Army Infantry Officer (gay, a son and a brother, wow, a triple!) so the “he was busy saving the soldiers” argument doesn’t work on me. Maybe you should try the “we have to save the children” argument instead. So, do democrats support gay marriage or not? It seems like he’s afraid that most democrats are in favor of discriminating against gays. Doesn’t it?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 12:16am
  31. you are correct you are ridiculous, you want equality but YOU wont do anything about it. You can get bills in front of congress. Start petitions, get signatures. What you expect everyone to do everything for you? THen complain when you dont get what you want…. If you really wanted equality you would be doing something about it mate…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 12:27am
  32. When was the last time you contacted your representatives in DC? In your home State? When was the last time you helped a petition drive? Where is your NO H8 Campaign photo? What have you done? You want equality – then help your representatives get the bills passed. What was Kennedy’s famous line? Dont ask what your country can do for you, But, What you can do for your country?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 12:32am
  33. I see, when you lose the argument you pull out the “what have you done card.” So, if i have done nothing, does that make it okay that Obamagod and the democrats have done anything about gay marriage ? Should we all blindly vote democrat now, because I haven’t done enough myself? Great argument. I served our military as a gay man, and have been legally married in California and stand up for gay rights every day at work and in my life. What have you done mate? Drink the Kool-Aid? We won’t win equality until both parties believe that they have a chance to win our votes, at that point they will work for our vote. As long as people blindly vote democrat regardless of the lack of progress and empty promises the party gives all we will receive from them is “not much.” And, as long as we refuse to consider republicans all we will receive from them is “not much” also. Put the Kool-Aid down and think for yourself and let both parties know that your vote is available to be earned.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 12:38am
  34. You are correct. we wont win till we get both parties behind it.. How can we do that.. BY TELLING THEM.. Write your congress person, your senators, and your President… But, by sitting down and complaining – nothing gets done.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 12:40am
  35. I NEVER say vote blindly for one party or another.. Look at their records, what they have done – and what they are working on. Charles, who do you think should win, and why?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 12:41am
  36. btw – I have not lost an argument, you are blindly protesting against Obama… Why? there is arguably 3 republican candidates and Obama. Why do you think any of the other three would be better off for the topic of equality?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 12:44am
  37. Why do you think they would be worse? Obamagod has none nothing for gay marriage so the bar is set pretty low.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 12:47am
  38. And you didn’t answer the question about what have you done other than repeat talking points that have been fed to you.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 12:48am
  39. I have put my points up for Obama – Lets here your points for any of the alternatives….

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 12:51am
  40. I see, so you can’t list anything that you have done after trying to call me out so you attempt to change the subject. Typical mate.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 12:54am
  41. I work with local youth groups, and have been petitioning members of parliament to enact legislation allowing same sex marriages.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 12:55am
  42. I support NOH8, and several other charities..

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 12:56am
  43. Ball back in your court mate.. lets see your republican views…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 12:56am
  44. If that’s true, than good for you and thank you. I’m Independent because I believe that the gay community has to be open to both parties to achieve equality for the reasons I listed above. Even though I disagree with you, I do appreciate that you could articulate your argument because sadly most in our community can not. All the best to you! Go Romney! LOL

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 1:00am
  45. LOL. Charles I have enjoyed our discussion. It has been a while since I have had a good discussion. We need more people like you that can keep us on our toes – and can force us to rethink our views :) Hopefully – very soon – you can enjoy your marriage in Texas as well! Cheers Mate :)

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 1:03am
  46. And we need people like you too, take care.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 1:06am
  47. more people like you, that is

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 1:11am
  48. BOOOOO to Slick never really answering questions Mitt!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 8:35am
  49. I’d much sooner see Romney in office than Santorum! Swipe that nomination out from under Santorum’s nose, Mitt! Go get ‘em!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 9:10am
  50. I anmed Rick Satantorum hha. stupid homophobic bastard!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 10:06am
  51. Why is the LGBTQ NATION promoting Mitt Romney when he made it clear he is strickly for marriage between a man and a woman. Am I missing something?………How about the rights for the LGBT community.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 1:00pm
  52. Just because the post current news about any presidential candidate – does not in fact make LGBTQ a supporter of that candidate. They are in fact, providing any news regarding LGBTQ issues…. And who will or will NOT be President IS news that effects each of us.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 2:39pm