Confidence yesterday from Willard:
Mitt Romney is going to have a severely victorious Michigan primary, he says (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
In an interview before the rally, Romney said he’s not concerned about polls that are trending against him. When asked if he could lose Michigan, Romney replied “that won’t happen.”
Why was he so confident? Perhaps the fact that he thought he'd be outspending Rick Santorum by a 30:1 margin:
Santorum, who will campaign in Michigan on Thursday, has responded with a small ad buy, reportedly $40,000 compared to $1.2 million from Romney’s campaign and a SuperPAC supporting him.
But that was yesterday. Today:
Rick Santorum’s super PAC is coming out of the gate strong in Michigan with a nearly $700,000 TV buy — packed into only a five-day period.
We reported last night that the Red White & Blue Fund was in the process of launching what looked like a major television offensive, and it has lived up to billing. The group is putting $326,000 into the Detroit media market (1,300 points), $120,000 into Grand Rapids (1,500 points), $76,800 into Traverse City (1,200 points), $70,800 into Lansing (1,200 points), $58,800 into Flint (1,200 points) and $10,800 into Marquette (400 points).
Of course, that still leaves Santorum at a disadvantage. Not only is Romney spending about $1.2 million, but his Super PAC will likely match Santorum's dollar-for-dollar. When it's all said and done, Romney will probably have outspent Santorum by nearly 3:1. But while that does give Romney an edge over Santorum, Santorum will spend enough to have a presence. And given that most Republicans would rather see
Rick Santorum as president than Mitt Romney, a presence might be all it takes.
Operation Hilarity: Keep the Republican clown show going:
Don't forget that if you live in Michigan, it's open primary—which means Republicans are inviting Democrats and independents to vote—so you can take part in Operation Hilarity by casting your ballot for Rick Santorum to keep the GOP's 2012 clown show going.
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