Michigan was supposed to be an easy victory for Mitt Romney, but just over a week away from primary day, it is threatening to turn his campaign into turmoil.

Multiple polls last week showed Rick Santorum edging out Romney for the lead among likely Republican voters in the state, which votes Feb. 28.

Romney has blanketed the state with $1.2 million worth of TV ads—including one where he drives a Chrysler—a number matched by pro-Romney super-PAC Restore Our Future. He is also staging regular campaign events—deploying his wife, Ann, to events when he campaigns out-of-state—where he plays up his emotional connection to the state.

“I was born and raised here. I love this state. It seems right here. The trees are the right height. I like seeing the lakes. I love the lakes,” he said at a campaign event in Michigan Thursday. “I drive a Mustang. I love cars. I love American cars. And long may they rule the world.”

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