Mitt Romney’s campaign has pulled television ads in South Carolina and Florida, shifting resources to Michigan, the state that elected his father governor three times.
It appears Romney’s hanging what’s left of his presidential hopes on the state he once called home. And John McCain knows it. He flew from NH to Michigan yesterday, and though he campaigns today in South Carolina, McCain has dispatched Sam Brownback to Michigan to stump on his behalf for the next three days.
Romney, meanwhile, has a new radio ad on the air, featuring Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) and his wife, Diane Hoekstra. In the 60-second spot, called “Michigan Values”, the congressman’s wife says: “Governor Mitt Romney represents the values that are important to us. He will fight for the unborn and traditional marriage.”
http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com/archives/2008/01/michigan_or_bus.html#more Jennifer Skalka 1-10-2008
It really came down to Mike Huckabee and John McCain. But I really felt that John was the one that could best compete and win ultimately in the fall of 2008.
I think he’s the most qualified person running now, ready to be president. He’s ready to be commander in chief. He has foreign policy experience. He’s a budget hawk, has been for a long time. He has a 20-year pro-life voting record. And he can perform in swing states. He can win in Florida. He can win in Missouri. He can win in Ohio. And we’ve got to have somebody that can perform in those states. So that’s why it came down to John for me.
http://race42008.com/2007/12/19/brownback-endorsement-decision-came-down-to-huckabee-mccain/ Billy Valentine 12-19-2007
Dr. Richard Land and Tony Perkins have praised Thompson, Bob Jones III and Paul Weyrich back Romney, the FRC straw poll attendees went strongly for Huckabee, Sam Brownback just backed McCain, and now Pat Robertson threw his support behind Rudy. It is now safe to conclude there will be no serious closing ranks around one candidate during the primary.
http://race42008.com/2007/11/07/why-the-robertson-endorsement-helps-and-could-possibly-hurt-rudy-giuliani/ Tommy Oliver 11/07/2007
The Rev. Donald Wildmon, who founded the American Family Association in Tupelo, Miss. endorsed Mike Huckabee for President.
After an hour-long meeting in his Senate office with Rudy Giuliani, Brownback seemed on the verge of backing the only candidate in the Republican race who supports abortion rights. Brownback, who dropped out of the Republican race last week, is being courted by several of the remaining candidates who are eager to get the backing of one of the most committed social conservatives in the party.
Giuliani came to Washington for this meeting, and while Brownback didn’t endorse the ex-mayor, he praised him as an “excellent leader” and said he was “much more comfortable” with Giuliani’s views on abortion and gay rights issues after the meeting. Asked by reporters in a brief press conference follwoing the meeting with Giuliani if he could support a “pro-choice” nominee, Brownback said “I don’t know that he described himself…as a pro-choice candidate” and then said he wanted to let Giuliani explains his own view. Giuliani reiterated his view that he does not like abortion and would like to live in a country without abortions, but that he did would not push for banning it.
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2007/10/25/no_endorsement_yet_but_brownba.html Perry Bacon Jr 10-25-2007
- Rudy Giuliani 29% (21%)
- Fred Thompson 17% (15%)
- John McCain 10% (10%)
- Mitt Romney 8% (8%)
- Mike Huckabee 5% (3%)
- Sam Brownback 1% (1%)
- Duncan Hunter 1% (1%)
- Ron Paul 1% (2%)
- Tom Tancredo 1% (1%)
- Don’t Know 22% (25%)
Favorable / Unfavorable (Net)
- Rudy Giuliani 75% / 12% (+63%)
- John McCain 64% / 17% (+47%)
- Fred Thompson 44% / 7% (+37%)
- Mitt Romney 41% / 11% (+30%)
Survey of 321 registered Republicans was conducted October 1-8. The margin of error is +/- 5.5 percentage points. Results from the poll conducted August 28-September 3 are in parentheses.
http://race42008.com/2007/10/10/poll-watch-quinnipiac-gop-ohio-primary-4/ Aron Goldman 10-10-2007
Giuliani, 22 states – 1262 delegates, Fred Thompson 7 states – 477 delegates, Romney 4 states – 133 delegates, McCain 4 states – 120 delegates, Brownback 1 state -39 delegates, Huckabee 1 state – 34 delegates
McCain lost Virginia (63 delegates) to Giuliani, Romney lost Nevada (34 delegates) to Giuliani. A simple majority of 1230 votes of 2458 is needed to secure the nomination.
- Giuliani – $10.5 million
- Romney – $10 – includes 8.5 million in personal loan (cash on hand $9 million)
- Thompson – $9.3 million (cash on hand $7 million)
- McCain – $6 (cash on hand $3.6 million)
- Paul – $5 (cash on hand $5.3 million)
- Huckabee – $1 (cash on hand $600k)
Ron Paul surprised alot of people having raised 5 million, and Mike Huckabee fails to become a first tier candidate raising only 1 million.
Still waiting on Brownback’s numbers.
http://race42008.com/2007/10/03/huckabee-raises-1-million/ Matt C 10-3-2007
http://race42008.com/2007/10/03/early-estimates-incorrect-paul-raises-5-million/ Matt C 10-3-2007
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=22662 Erica Andersen 10-2-2007
http://race42008.com/2007/10/04/rudy-raises-11-million-in-q3-tops-all-republican-candidates/ Kavon W Nikrad 10-4-2007
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/04/thompson-raises-93m-this-quarter/ Michael Luo 10-4-2007