February 28, 2012
By Ewen MacAskill
Romney had accused him of resorting to dirty tricks on the eve of Tuesday’s primary. Speaking to Fox News, Romney said Santorum’s tactic of automated phone calls to registered Democrats, which is legitimate but could be regarded as underhand, marked a new low in the campaign.
“Senator Santorum did something today which I think is deceptive and a dirty trick,” Romney said.
An influx of Democratic votes could make the difference in a tight contest. Polls show Romney and Santorum neck-and-neck, with Santorum enjoying a late surge.
After the long slog of primaries and caucuses since Iowa on 3 January, Michigan could prove make or break for both campaigns, with Romney either confirming his frontrunner status or handing it over to Santorum before next week’s Super Tuesday contests, when 10 states hold elections to choose delegates who go on to nominate the presidential candidate.