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Five lessons from Michigan for Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum

Mitt Romney beat Rick Santorum with his ground game. Santorum made at least two key verbal gaffs, including the one that cost him the Catholic vote.

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US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters in Toledo, Ohio Feb. 29, after winning the GOPl primaries in Michigan and Arizona.

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The exit polls from Michigan may or may not have been skewed somewhat by mischief-making Democrats who turned out to vote for Rick Santorum. But even allowing for some irregularities, they offer a useful snapshot of the GOP candidates’ relative strengths. Here are Decoder’s top five takeaways:

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