While pundits have speculated about the impact on the Republican presidential nomination if Mitt Romney loses in Michigan next week, Dan Balz wonders what would happen if Romney manages to eke out a victory in the state where he was raised.
“How much would a pair of victories be worth? Republican strategists say that although they would restore Romney to front-runner status in the race, they could still leave the party looking at a long nomination battle… Even if Romney were to win Michigan and Arizona, he will face a difficult landscape on Super Tuesday, March 6.”
“Romney certainly needs to win Michigan to put himself back on course. But he needs victories to start coming consistently and by healthy margins. His team is correct that this will be a battle for delegates, but Republicans want a standard-bearer who can do more than scratch out the nomination by attrition. That’s why Tuesday’s contests loom so large.”