On A Busy Campaign Weekend, Santorum Ventures Up North in Michigan

Republican candidates are wrapping up a busy weekend of campaigning before Michigan’s primary on Tuesday. But Rick Santorum is going where few have ventured — Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Santorum was set to hold a campaign rally at noon ET in Marquette, marking a rare visit by a candidate above the Mackinac Bridge.

The vast majority of candidate visits have been to southeast and western Michigan — not surprising, since that’s where the vast majority of Republican voters are located.

But, the U.P. has a Republican congressman, Dan Benishak. He took the seat vacated by veteran Democrat Bart Stupak in 2010. (You might remember Stupak for backing President Obama’s health care program.)

Santorum’s schedule also includes a stop in Traverse City, as well as a rally in Davison, outside Flint.

Weekend campaigners also include Ron Paul, who spent his first day campaigning in Michigan on Saturday. Paul is set to wrap up his brief sweep on Monday, with a rally at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Mitt Romney, who holds a narrow lead in polls going into Tuesday’s election, has been spending a lot of time on talk radio in Michigan.

Romney has gotten attention this weekend for comments he made about his wife’s “couple of Cadillacs” during his speech to the Economic Club of Detroit on Friday. He also is touching the nerves of many UAW members, who protested at the speech.

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