Super Tuesday (March 6) is next up, and all eyes will be on Ohio. Politico's Jonathan Martin has more:
Mitt Romney may have won ugly in Michigan, but his narrow victory will temper the mounting criticism of his candidacy, even though his resilience is about to be tested again in some of the biggest prizes of Super Tuesday.
By winning in Michigan and cruising in Arizona, the establishment darling has reasserted his status as the Republican favorite. It may be a slower and messier process than Romney and his aides would prefer, but the former Massachusetts governor still looks on track to eventually capture the GOP nomination.
Super Tuesday offers some promising states for the front-runner (Massachusetts, Vermont, Idaho and Virginia, the last of which doesn’t include Santorum or Gingrich on the ballot) but also features some less hospitable terrain (Tennessee, Oklahoma, North Dakota).
The most important state next week, however, may be just to the south of here — and not just because it offers 66 delegates. A Romney win in Ohio, another heartland state and a quadrennial presidential battleground, would send a loud message that he can beat Santorum in a Rust Belt state that the son of Detroit can’t claim as home.