Defensive Voting: Romney is the <em>Safe</em> Pick in MI

Matt Lewis
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Posted: Jan 14, 2008 11:22 AM
Granted, this is me playing pshychologist, but I think there's a good chance Republican voters are so unhappy and insecure with their choices, they will vote to keep any one candidate from wrapping up the nomination. 

Mind you, I have no proof of any of this.  But it seems to me to be much easier to give a candidate a chance at the nomination (as Iowa and New Hampshire have done for Huckabee and McCain, respectively) than it is to ratify that decision (as McCain is hoping Michigan will do).

... As such, voters who are experiencing anxiety will have an easier time pulling the lever for Romney.  Voting for Romney only means he stays in the game.  But voting for McCain means he has a strong chance of winning the nomination.