Romney seeks tea party votes, Santorum hunts cash

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Launched by a bitter debate, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are powering into a crucial stretch of the Republican presidential campaign, one man badly needing money and the other anxious to win over conservative voters.

Romney is focusing his attention on Michigan, his birthplace and the site of an unexpectedly tight race with Santorum, by courting conservative support at a tea party rally Thursday night. He has campaigned with such confidence in Arizona that he hasn’t aired any television ads in the state.

Santorum, flourishing in the polls, isn’t doing as well in the money chase. For the moment he’s focused on beefing up a cash-strapped campaign he hopes can stage an upset in Michigan. That would cap a rebound that began two weeks ago when Santorum won caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado and a nonbinding primary in Missouri.

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