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Voters still torn heading into Michigan primary

By Richard Piatt | Posted - Feb. 27, 2012 at 8:27 p.m.



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DETROIT, MI — Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have spent much of their time in Michigan, pushing their take on the economy. But the back and forth is not making it easier for voters who take to the polls Tuesday.

It comes as a surprise there are so many undecided voters in Michigan a day before the primary, even after all the debates and the campaigning that has been going on.

Monday afternoon, Romney's name was up in lights at a theater in Royal Oak, Michigan, which is about 20 minutes outside Detroit. The suburban city favors Romney, with many residents sold on their hometown candidate.

However, Dave and Dawn Edwards insist that Romney being from Michigan is not their only reason for their die-hard support.

"It's great that he's from here, but that's not going to make my decision, just because he is from here," Dawn Edwards said. "I mean, I believe in his policies."

"I think that Mitt Romney has a good economic plan," added Dave Edwards. "He wants everyone to do well like he has."

And for many residents of Michigan, a good economic plan is a must. More than enough neighborhoods can speak about the heartbreaking devastation the economic problems have caused the state.


Most people have said to me, ‘This is the most important election of our lives,'

–Todd Borek


As voters go to the polls Tuesday, many will be asking whether any candidate can really do something to save the economy in Michigan.

For the people of Hamburg, Michigan, an old farm town where money is tight, business is steady, but staying ahead of the game is not always easy.

"Most people have said to me, ‘This is the most important election of our lives,' " said Michigan business owner Todd Borek.

As a conservative, Borek said he still has not picked his candidate. While he like's Romney's business experience, Borek said the Michigan tie means nothing to him.

"There's something about the likability issue with Romney that I can't put my finger on," Borek said. "But with Santorum, people like him because they feel his conviction when he speaks."

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