The saying that money attracts money seems to be especially true when it comes to the presidential primary.† Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is attracting a lot of wealthy voters, and those voters are responsible for putting him over the top.
According to The Fix, in both Michigan and Ohio, Romney’s thin margins of victory were brought to him by the increased number of those who make more than $100,000 a year showing up to the polls, the majority of them voting for Romney.
Aaron Blake writes, “In both [Ohio and Michigan], the number of wealthy voters grew by about 50 percent ó a pretty stunning increase in that demographic over just a four-year span. And an argument could be made that the increase put Romney over the top. In both states, Romney won this demographic by 14 points but didnít win among any other income demographic. And given he won by such small margins overall ó 1 point in Ohio and 3 points in Michigan ó itís not unreasonable to think he would have lost those states without the uptick in wealthy voters.”
In many ways, the surge of wealthy individuals coming out to vote in the primary is a sure testimony that they see Romney as the more likely of the candidates when it comes to beating President Barack Obama in the general.† But once we get to the general, can there be enough rich voters to put Romney over the top?
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