In eye of GOP nomination hurricane, Michigan and Arizona polls offer peek inside voters’ minds

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, addresses the Detroit Economic Club at Ford Field in Detroit, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

News analysis

The hurricane that raged from Iowa to Colorado has now given way to a momentary calm. But come Tuesday the pause gives way to another Republican nomination maelstrom, with struggles in Michigan and Arizona leading into the following week’s 10-state Super Tuesday.

Candidates are battered. Voters are battered. Amidst the debris, detailed new NBC/Marist polls in both Michigan and Arizona offer some telling insights about the GOP electorate. The pollsters have been kind enough to give us the internals on these polls, and it’s worth taking a moment to see what they tell us.

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