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Romney Victorious in Michigan

Mitt Romney was the big winner of yesterday's Michigan Republican presidential primary. The victory boosts his struggling campaign. Romney's campaign had suffered two disappointing defeats — in Iowa and New Hampshire. With the Michigan win, the Republican field is wide open. Michigan is a state suffering from massive job losses and the nation's highest unemployment rate. Romney was helped in his win by pledging to help the domestic automobile industry regain its past glory.

Sen. John McCain, the New Hampshire winner, finished second.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who took Iowa, ran third.

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You're most likely to find NPR's Don Gonyea on the road, in some battleground state looking for voters to sit with him at the local lunch spot, the VFW or union hall, at a campaign rally, or at their kitchen tables to tell him what's on their minds. Through countless such conversations over the course of the year, he gets a ground-level view of American elections. Gonyea is NPR's National Political Correspondent, a position he has held since 2010. His reports can be heard on all NPR News programs and at To hear his sound-rich stories is akin to riding in the passenger seat of his rental car, traveling through Iowa or South Carolina or Michigan or wherever, right along with him.