The GOP insists the home state of Mitt Romney remains a tossup that Republicans can capture and, if they do, block Barack Obama’s re-election hopes.
That’s why Romney showed up unexpectedly in Michigan on Friday to join his running mate, Paul Ryan, for an Oakland County rally and a private $25,000-a-plate fundraiser.
The Romney camp knows for sure there’s money to be raised in Michigan, and has a hunch that a state ravaged by a decade-long recession will respond to the Romney/Ryan promise to unleash the private market’s job-creating energy.
Polls aren’t providing much clarity, though. The Detroit News/WDIV-TV survey released last week showed Obama up by about 5 points, just beyond the 4 percent margin of error. It mirrored a poll by Steve Mitchell a week earlier. A Fox-2 survey of “very likely” voters, also released last week, had Romney slightly in the lead.
Democrats are confident Michigan is safely in the Obama column, so much so that the president has sharply backed off spending here. The campaign sent Vice President Joe Biden to Detroit last week to keep the Michigan plate spinning, but Obama hasn’t been here in a couple of months.