7:20 PM PT (Jed Lewison): CNN cut away in the middle of Santorum’s speech with the news that you already knew: Mitt Romneybot won the place of his fabrication, Michigan.
7:20 PM PT (Jed Lewison): Rick Santorum is rambling on about manufacturing, in sotto voce. He really is rambling. Rambling history. Goodbye Rick, your run was nice. But you don’t have what it takes.
7:23 PM PT (Jed Lewison): Santorum says he’ll replace Obamacare with Youcare. Like I care. Not.
7:24 PM PT (Jed Lewison): Romney should come out in the middle of Santorum’s ramble.
7:26 PM PT (Jed Lewison): I’m going to kill myself if i have to keep on listening to this fuckwad. Please, Mitt, for the love of whatever the hell you love, come out and give your speech already, just so you can cut this idiot off.
7:27 PM PT (Jed Lewison): Santorum, after going on about “bottoms-up” uses the word “stiff.” He shivered after he said it. He likes that word, apparently.
7:28 PM PT (Steve Singiser): As Santorum continues to babble, a quick thought about the victor. Amid the celebration for Team Mittens, bear this in mind: in 2008, he was not considered “the leading candidate” for the GOP nomination. He was one of several legit candidates. And he won by nine percent. Tonight, he was the “leading candidate” in the field, at least in the eyes of most folks who are convinced of his eventual nomination. If form holds, he is going to beat a lesser candidate than John McCain, and he is going to do it by around 4 percent. Anyone who talks about Romney “surging” or having “momentum” lacks anything approaching perspective on this one.
7:29 PM PT (Jed Lewison): Santorum is practically whispering by the end of his speech, and finally, he puts us out of our collective misery by shutting his yap and walking from the stage, hand-in-hand with his wife.
7:29 PM PT (David Jarman): With 100% reporting in Mackinac County, Rick Santorum finishes 2nd… with 666 votes.
7:38 PM PT (Steve Singiser): It looks like the GOP will hold onto their state House seat in Genesee County, Michigan. HD-51 came open in November when Republican Paul Scott was successfully recalled. With 56 percent reporting, Republican Joseph Graves now holds a 54-41 lead over Democrat Steven Losey. That’s a smaller lead than the GOP enjoyed in 2010 (when Scott won by a 60-40 margin), but less than 2008, when Scott won 53-47.
7:40 PM PT (Steve Singiser): The margin in Michigan has been incredibly steady for the past hour or so. With 82 percent in, Mitt Romney still leads Rick Santorum by about 29,000 votes. That equates to a three percent margin (41-38) for Mittens.