By Ryan McPhail
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
INGHAM COUNTY –- On Tuesday night Mitt Romney won the Republican primary in his home state of Michigan.
Romney, former Massachusetts governor, received 410,517 votes and edged out former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum 41 percent to 38 percent.
“We didn’t win by a lot, but we won by enough and that’s all that counts,” said Romney at his Michigan victory rally Tuesday night in Novi.
Nearly 23,000 people voted in Ingham County, where Romney beat Santorum by 9 percentage points – 43 percent to 34 percent.
Romney visited Ingham County on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Event. At the event, Romney said he wanted to restore the American promise by getting more good jobs, less debt and downsizing the government, which he reiterated during his victory speech Tuesday night.
“I’m going to deliver on more jobs, less debt and smaller government,” said Romney.
Romney also won Tuesday’s Republican primary in Arizona. With 81 percent of precincts reporting, Romney was ahead of Santorum by 20 percent – 47 to 27.
Michigan awards its delegates proportionately, meaning Romney and Santorum will split according to their percentages. Arizona is a winner-take-all state.
“This is a big night,” said Romney at the victory rally.
These victories will not lock down the nomination for Romney, but help his campaign gain momentum going into Super Tuesday on March 6, when 10 states hold primaries.