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Posted at 09:56 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Michigan voters split between Romney and Santorum

The close contest in Michigan between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum reveals basic divisions within the Republican Party. One quick way to see the splits is to look at the groups where Romney did the best vis-a-vis Santorum, and the other way around. 

The chart below shows the voters groups that went for either Romney or Santorum by more than 10 percentage points over the other. These data are still preliminary, but tell the tale.


Romney's best groups were those prioritizing experience and electability, while Santorum's best versus Romney were those singling out abortion as the election's top issue and those who said it matters a lot to be in sync with a candidate's religious beliefs.

Looking for signs of mischief among Michigan Democrats? Look at two of Santorum’s best groups: Democrats and those who “strongly oppose” the tea party political movement.

Want to explore more groups? Check out the interactive tool produced by @postgraphics.

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