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Election Results: Santorum Wins Utica; Romney Takes Shelby Township

GOP candidate Rick Santorum wins Utica by a few votes, while Mitt Romney has won the hearts of Shelby Township voters.

Election Results: Santorum Wins Utica; Romney Takes Shelby Township

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Rick Santorum has won over the hearts of Utica Republican voters, by four votes, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won Shelby Township during the primary election by seveal hundred votes.

It was a victorious night for Romney as he was declared the winner of both Michigan and Arizona primary elections.

Romney performed well in southeastern Michigan, particularly in Macomb and Oakland counties. Romney won with 37,838 votes or 43.3% while Rick Santorum slid in second with 30,218 votes or 34.6%, according to Macomb County Election Department results Tuesday night.

Although Romney wasn't the preferred nominee of some at the Republican Committee of Northern Macomb County's watch party at in Shelby Township, Philis DeSaele, chair of the Sterling Heights-Utica Republicans, summed up her party's feelings saying, "It doesn't matter. We are supporting Republican candidates. Anyone is better than (President Barack) Obama."

Shelby Township resident Dean Michaelis, who moved to Michigan from California, argued that Romney was the only GOP candidate strong enough to beat Obama during the November Presidential elections.

Michaelis said his main concern is that the next president gets government spending under control.

“It’s basic economics. You have to spend less than you make. We should never be in debt as the richest country in the world. First we have to take care of the debt and then we can take care of everything else,” he said.

The results from Shelby Township for the primary election on Feb. 28, 2012:

PrecinctGingrichPaulRomneySantorum1 29
52
262
155
2 25
60
159
163
3 15
31
63
69
4 21
27
180
142
5 36
63
224
153
6 5 37 71 63 7 33 47 207 169 8 20 40 104 96 9 8 27 56 58 10 13 34 121 80 11 13 42 92 107 12 22 26 151 147 13 18 22 103 82 14 24 52 125 125 15 14 32 104 76 16 40 46 290 170 17 24 48 223 170 18 22 27 123 71 19 21 30 138 94 20 12 16 75 65 21 6 19 45 37 22 43 53 329 163 23 23 48 289 158 24 58 61 360 176 25 40 42 226 128 26 17 25 88 103 27 13 22 179 107 28 40 28 245 150 29 15 15 98 72Totals670 1,072 4,815 3,349

The results from Utica for the primary election on Feb. 28, 2012.

PrecinctGingrichPaulSantorumRomney1 3 17 33 35 2 15 39 107 105 3 12 21 79 71Totals30 77 217 213

Others: Out of 3,402 registered voters, 672, or 19.75 percent of Utica residents cast their vote. One hundred and seventeen residents filled out a Democrat ballot, and 89 people voted for Obama.

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