It’s Michigan’s turn to be the favourite state of the US presidential hopefuls. Renowned for making cars, Michigan has the highest unemployment rate in the country. The economy therefore is seen as the main issue in today’s Republican primary. John McCain called the state’s workers the “best in the world” and promised that although their manufacturing jobs may be gone for good, he’d retrain them all if elected President.
Mitt Romney was more bullish, saying that the car industry’s jobs were not lost and that he could save them.
Michigan is seen as a make-or-break state for Romney, who grew up there. After losing in Iowa and New Hampshire, defeat could spell the end of his bid.
Polls suggest a close contest between McCain and Romney.
The outsider is former preacher Mike Huckabee, whose main support comes from the state’s evangelical voters.
The other front-running Republican candidates are sitting Michigan out to prepare for the later primary battles.