Romney back ahead
Mitt Romney has seen off a strong challenge from Rick Santorum to win both the Arizona and Michigan Republican primaries which took place yesterday.
Romney had been trailing in the polls in his home state of Michigan, but on the night came through with a narrow lead of 41% of the vote to Rick Santorum’s 38%. Ron Paul took 12% and Newt Gingrich managed 7%. The 30 delegates will be divided between the candidates in a complicated proportional mixed with winner takes all formula.
In Arizona the Romney victory was more convincing. Mitt Romney took 48% of the vote with Rick Santorum on 26%. Newt Gingrich came in third with 16% and Ron Paul was last on 8%. Romney will take all 29 delegates in this winner takes all primary.
The next contest will be in Washington state on 3rd March, before the big Super Tuesday contest on 6th March when ten states will vote. Washington is a caucus vote with 43 delegates available.