Michigan Exit Polls: It’s the Economy, Stupid

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Michigan has the highest unemployment rate in the country and a badly hurting economy. It isn’t surprising, then, that roughly 50 percent of Michigan primary voters (Republicans only, since the Dems had a meaningless contest tonight) picked the economy as the most important issue. Just 26 percent of Republican caucus-goers said the same in Iowa, and 31 percent of voters said the same in New Hampshire’s Republican primary. Seven of ten voters in the Minnesota primary said they were unhappy with the primary economy. [Ed. Note: My mistake.]

Twenty percent of voters today said Iraq is the most important issue, 15 percent said immigration, and 10 percent said terrorism.

It appears that Mitt Romney won economically minded voters tonight, perhaps because he has the most experience of any of the candidates in the private sector, and spent years at Bain turning companies around.

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