The GOP primary in Michigan tomorrow represents Mitt Romney’s last chance to stay viable in the campaign for the Oval Office.

Sure, he still has a lot of money. And yes, he’s said he’s in it for the long haul. But realistically speaking, if he does not win in Michigan it is curtains for Mittens.

Romney had a tested and tried strategy going into January, which was to pour money and resources into Iowa, New Hampshire and Michigan, win them, assume “The Big ‘Mo” and sweep to the nomination. Unfortunately for Romney, things did not break his way.

The evangelical vote swept Mike Huckabee to victory in Iowa and just days later, the independents of New Hampshire gave another victory in The Granite State to John McCain. Romney finished second in both and if you add up the votes in Iowa and New Hampshire, he actually has gotten more votes then any other Republican candidate.

But the way that things roll in this nation’s wacky nomination process, second places finishes in two small states can be devastating in the area of conventional wisdom to a candidate who placed a strong emphasis on winning early and often.

It is still amazing that only about 875,000 out of about 150 million registered voters have casted their ballots and already several candidates have dropped out.

This is why the whole Iowa/New Hampshire thing needs to come to an end and either a national primary or a regional primary system needs to be put in place.

In any case, Romney’s last stand starts when the polls open in Michigan tomorrow morning.

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