Romney Leads in Mich. a Month Before Mackinac
Mitt Romney is poised to repeat his winning performance in 2008 in the Michigan Republican presidential primary, according to a new poll of likely primary voters in the state Romney's father, George, once governed.
Romney leads Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 32 to 17 percent. The EPIC-MRA poll surveyed a relatively small sample size, but Perry's strong second-place showing in a state outside his natural base across the South is notable.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., was third at 12 percent, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin all tied for fourth at 5 percent. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., earned just one percent of the vote in his home state; of all the candidates tested on his home turf, McCotter had the lowest name-identification, as nearly half of Republican voters said they didn't recognize his name.