Michigan Primary: Romney delivers clunker of a speech, but is leading in polls

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With all eyes turning to Michigan’s key primary on Tuesday, here is the latest:

Mitt Romney delivered what was billed as a major economic speech today in Detroit but it mostly fell flat, The Hill reports.

“Television cameras showed rows of empty chairs as Romney rehashed many of the policies and quips he’d used in previous speeches, made a few jokes that appeared to fall flat with the audience and said that his wife, Ann, drove ‘a couple of Cadillacs,’ which will likely give Democrats more ammunition for their depiction of him as rich and out of touch.”

But this is priceless: “‘That’s my family leading the applause,’ he said quickly, although no one was clapping, then laughed again. No one appeared to laugh with him.”

Still, a new Mitchell/Rosetta Stone poll in Michigan finds Romney with a small lead over Santorum in the GOP presidential race, 36% to 33%, with Ron Paul at 12% and Newt Gingrich at 9%. Another 11% are still undecided.

Said pollster Steve Mitchell: “Romney has made big inroads with conservatives over the past ten days: 16% lead among Tea Party voters has been erased and he is now tied with them; his 16% lead with Evangelical Christians has now been cut in half to 8%, and Santorums 31% lead with self-identified conservatives has now been cut to 13%.”

A new Rasmussen poll shows Romney leading Santorum by six points, 40% to 34%.

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