The Michigan Primary Ballot: Roementum

The Michigan Primary Ballot: Roementum

The Michigan Primary Ballot: Roementum

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Feb. 28 2012 2:30 PM

The Michigan Primary Ballot: Roementum

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Before he bailed on the GOP race, Buddy Roemer was looking at Michigan as a perfect place for a comeback. (What do you call a "comeback" if the candidate never came in the first place? Moving on.) Democrats and independent voters! Anti-Washington rage! Trade protectionism!

Alas, he dropped out. But he's one of six candidates who've quit the race entirely or moved over to third party primaries, while remaining on the Michigan ballot.

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My bet on the ex-candidate who does the best: Herman Cain. When I saw Santorum in Traverse City on Sunday, a voter reminded me that Herman Cain had stopped by the same location, months earlier, long before the vote. He got a crowd roughly twice as large as Santorum's. And Cain's endorsement of Newt Gingrich, who gave up on this state a while ago, is a non-factor to end all non-factors.

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.