The New York Times
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 -- 9:00 PM EST
Romney Wins Arizona; Locked in Tight Race in Michigan
Mitt Romney has won the Republican presidential primary in Arizona, based on preliminary exit polling, but is locked in a tight battle with Rick Santorum in Michigan, a crucial electoral battleground where Mr. Romney's hometown advantage has all but evaporated.
Mr. Romney's victory in Arizona will earn him 29 delegates, extending the lead he already enjoys over his rivals. The win comes after his rivals largely conceded that Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, would take the border state.
But Michigan has been a much tougher challenge for Mr. Romney, who was raised in the state and whose father served as the state's governor. Exit polls and early returns showed Mr. Santorum mounting a fierce challenge to Mr. Romney in a state that was not expected to be close just weeks ago.
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