Presidential races are all about momentum.
It matters more than anything less money. And, many would argue momentum is even more important than cash in the bank. In Mitt Romney’scase, his strong financial advantage bought him much-needed momentum at the perfect time.
Romney dominated Arizona with a 20-point victory over Rick Santorum, and captured the state’s 29 delegates. His 3-point win in Michigan was much closer, and Romney and Santorum will essentially divide the state’s 30 delegates.
There are four pieces of data from Tuesday’s results that should comfort Republicans, many of who have openly questioned Romney’s ability to go the distance with President Barack Obama.
First, Romney not only won the suburbs, he dominated them. He won Maricopa County in Arizona by 25 points and Oakland County, Michigan by 21 points. He won other key Michigan counties like Macomb with strong margins. These will among the most important battleground counties in the general election.
Second, a plurality of voters in both states report the quality they care most about in a candidate is his ability to defeat Obama in November. Romney won this measure by more than 30 points in both states. Anyone who questions Romney’s ability to coalesce the Republican base should simply look at this measure.