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Romney wins Michigan, Arizona primaries

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mitt Romney landed a victory Tuesday night in his home state of Michigan, fending off Rick Santorum in the Republican presidential primary contest and preventing what could have been a major upset for his campaign going into Super Tuesday. 

The former Massachusetts governor also won easily in Arizona, a winner-take-all election that will help Romney build his growing delegate lead. The candidate's back-to-back victories hardly lock down the race but they help get his campaign on track going into Super Tuesday voting on March 6, when 10 states hold primaries and caucuses worth hundreds of delegates.

"We didn't win by a lot, but we won by enough, and that's all that counts," an upbeat Romney said at his Michigan victory rally late Tuesday night. 

The Michigan primary, along with the primary in Arizona and an upcoming contest in Washington, are the final elections before 10 states weigh in with their bountiful supply of delegates in early March on what's known as Super Tuesday