Rich Galen

Two minutes earlier the AP had run a story headlined, "Romney narrowly wins Michigan GOP primary" thus

Santorum was dealt an unfair blow when the Iowa GOP couldn't get the count right and he didn't get appropriate credit for having won the caucuses there on January 3. He did get appropriate credit for going three-for-three in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado.

He claimed credit for coming in second in Michigan, but two weeks ago he was ahead by 15 percentage points but couldn't hang on and went oh-for-two in Arizona and Michigan last night.

Rick Santorum's campaign believed he won in Colorado because Evangelical Conservatives over-preformed after the contraception rule was announced by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about five days earlier.

If that was the case, then Santorum might have been able to win Michigan by shifting to a full-time social message to energize Conservatives there.

He couldn't. And he didn't.

What about Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul?

Paul came in with about 12 percent of the vote. About what he has been getting in the national polls.

Gingrich got only 7 percent in Michigan. He didn't campaign there, but single digits is not good. Gingrich hasn't even been close since South Carolina, and he wasn't close before South Carolina.

He will probably do well next Tuesday in Georgia. If he doesn't win his home state then, at long last, the reports of the death of his campaign will be timely.

So, the Republican greybeards can go back to the steakhouse, take a deep breath, have another glass of Cabernet, enjoy that prime rib, begin thinking about who Mitt Romney should choose as his Vice Presidential running mate.

And, breath a huge sigh of relief.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at