Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says no one should count him out when he faces Michigan native Mitt Romney on the state’s February 28th GOP primary ballot. Santorum and Romney both plan to campaign in Michigan this week. Santorum says his message should play well with Michigan’s conservative blue collar voters.
Santorum told ABC’s Sunday morning show “This Week” that he hopes a strong showing in Michigan will establish him as the clear alternative to Romney. “I think we can do well there," Santorum says. "I mean, the early polls show us in pretty good shape. I think we can really do well in Arizona and really make this a two-person race.”
Santorum will address the Detroit Economic Club on Thursday, while Romney is expected to make stops in west Michigan and Oakland County this week.
Congressman Ron Paul and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are also among the 11 names on the Michigan Republican primary ballot. It’s not known yet what their Michigan campaign plans might be.
Candidates also have to focus on the 10 “Super Tuesday” states that will host primaries and caucuses just a week after the Michigan primary.