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Will Michigan Make or Break Mitt?

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Mitt Romney is the consummate, cookie-cutter, robot-like Republican. Forget about eliciting animation or human emotion from this wanna-be prez. Even his campaign henchmen lack the ability to opine on, well, just about anything, as evidenced below.

Romney is lucky to have 30 delegates on his side after Iowa and New Hampshire. Problem is, it takes 1,191 to win the Republican nomination. The 60-year-old former Massachusetts governor does have one or two things going for him, which is why he's banking so heavily on Michigan. That's where he was born, the son of a well-liked Michigan governor who once chaired American Motor Corp. Imagine that, a Republican candidate garnering votes based on the public's familiarity with the family name.

If John McCain takes Michigan, Romney will be looking toward California's February 5th primary to legitimize his candidacy. Romney is a numbers guy to the core. Earlier this month in Iowa he seriously answered a 9-year-old girl's innocent question with: "I tend to be a person driven by data and analysis, not just what's political." No word on just how traumatized the poor girl was by the experience, but then again, what 9-year-old doesn't want to talk to robots? McCain, Romney, and Giuliani are neck and neck in the LATimes latest poll of a few hundred Republican likely voters.

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We'll hear plenty more about Mitt after Michigan, whether or not he wins a majority of votes at the polls today. The Romney campaign raised more money in California than in any other state (Duncan Hunter be damned), including donations from such well-knowns as Pat Boone, Vin Scully, and Charles Schwab. And should his campaign coffers fail him, he can tap into an estimated net worth of >$200 million, or approximately 400 Huckabees.

Watch Why Tuesday?'s attempt to get answers from the Romney campaign after the jump.

* Click here for our previous posts with reporting from Why Tuesday?

Romney photo credit: AP Photo