"Romney's Turn" concluded Drudge. So, Romney wins Michigan (by nearly 10% - three times what was predicted by the polls) after McCain had won New Hampshire and Mike Huckabee had won Iowa. The Republicans have no front-runner again.
Did Romney win Michigan because his father was its three-term Governor or because of his economic message? Ross Douthat credits Romney with an admirable resilience:
"Winning Michigan after two consecutive tough defeats, in the teeth of a press corps that adores John McCain and despises him, and in a state that gave McCain an easy win over George W. Bush in 2000, suggests an impressive resilience - both in the man and in his campaign - that will serve him well in what looks like a long hard slog to the convention."
Andrew Sullivan thinks that a strong economic message might be Romney's best chance of seizing the GOP nomination:
"If Romney retools his campaign and presents himself as a moderate businessman able to bring better management to Washington, he finally has a message that could work. Of course, it's just the latest poll-tested cynical ploy. But it's working for Clinton! And she and Romney have one thing in common: two focus-grouped cynical dynastic holograms."
Fred Barnes agrees:
"Romney defeated John McCain because the economy is emerging as the overriding issue in the 2008 presidential race, and Romney's message on the subject is stronger than McCain's. And Romney is far more comfortable and persuasive in talking about the economy."
Rudy Giuliani is, of course, the other big victor. Noone arrives in Florida with big momentum. His late-state strategy that begins, as he has always hoped, with victory in the 'Sunshine state' may yet win him the nomination.
The next Republican primary is on Saturday, in South Carolina. Huckabee led McCain by nearly 4% in pre-Michigan polling there.
There was no competitive Democratic primary in Michigan.