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Romney and Santorum tied in Michigan heading into primary day

The Ticket

The final preprimary-day polls in Michigan show a real tossup of a contest, and that is bad news for Mitt Romney.

It can't be overstated how devastating a loss in his native state, where his father served as governor, would be for Romney. He still may emerge the nominee, but a loss in Michigan nearly guarantees a protracted nomination season in which Romney is a diminished candidate still seeking support from conservatives instead of sharing center stage with Barack Obama and courting the critical independent and swing voters who will decide the election in November.

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