The following commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet's guest contributor program, which is separate from the company's news coverage.NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Michigan may have been a must-win for Mitt Romney but Ohio is his real test. The state's demographics are tougher vis-à-vis Rick Santorum, while its economic concerns more directly mirror what the GOP nominee will face in the November campaign. Compared to Wolverines, Buckeyes are less affluent, less educated, more rural and have more Evangelical Christians in their ranks -- all these favor Santorum's Holy-Spirit-is-on-my-shoulder campaign. However, in Michigan Romney's economic message trumped -- exit polls indicated that was the number one concern, and enough Christian conservatives voted their pocketbook, abandoning Santorum. This permitted the more moderate candidate on social issues and more substantive candidate on economic matters to win.
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