Mitt Romney narrowly beat out Rick Santorum in his home state of Michigan's Republican primary and won the Arizona primary giving him more control of the Republican presidential race, reported The New York Times.
Romney gained much needed momentum heading into Super Tuesday when 10 states hold their primaries, reported The Associated Press.
Romney barely won the Michigan primary gaining only three percent more of the vote than Santorum, reported The New York Times. Romney won all 29 delegates from Arizona, according to The New York Times.
With his victory in Arizona, Romney now has 163 delegates compared to 83 for Santorum, according to the AP. It takes 1,114 to win the nomination for presidency.
The lengthy GOP race has proved beneficial for President Barack Obama. A survey released Tuesday shows consumer confidence for Obama has been its highest in a year, according to the AP.
40 delegates are up for grabs Saturday in Washington's primaries, followed by 419 available on Super Tuesday with a big primary in Ohio, reported the AP.
Santorum was already campaigning in Ohio when the results from Michigan were coming through, reported the AP.