Rick Santorum gave him a good run for his money, but ultimately Mitt Romney won both Michigan and Arizona.

Next week is Super Tuesday with the candidates vying for 419 delegates (with 40 delegates in Saturday’s Washington caucus alone).  The eventual nominee will need to win 1,144 delegates and according to CNN.com, Romney is leading with 165 delegate followed by Santorum with 44, Gingrich with 38 and Ron Paul, 27.

Despite Romney’s wins, he still faces some tough fights in the weeks and months ahead.  Rick Santorum is expected to win in Ohio, and Newt Gingrich leads in Georgia.

Because only two of the four candidates are on the ballot in Virginia, it will be between Romney and Paul in that state.

In an odd twist (which Romney blasted in the press), Rick Santorum put out a robo-call to Democrats in Michigan urging them to get out and vote for him.  I actually think this is just fine; there have to be at least a few Democrats out there who are as sick of Barack Obama as Conservatives are so it seems smart to try to give them a chance to come to their senses—I was once a Democrat, too.

Unfortunately as in every political campaign, the candidates are playing into the media’s games by calling each other names.  Santorum has called Romney “a bully” and Romney called Santorum an “economic lightweight” who was engaging in a “terrible dirty trick” (referring to the robo-call).

I personally just wish all four candidates would cut out all the sniping and focus instead on reminding people that if Barack Obama wins it will be the end of America as we know it.

The remaining primaries and caucuses are:

March 3: (Saturday): Washington (caucus)

March 6: Super Tuesday — Alaska (caucus), Georgia, Idaho (caucus), Massachusetts, North Dakota (caucus), Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia.March 6-10: Wyoming (caucus)

March 10 (Saturday): Kansas (caucus), Virgin Islands (caucus)

March 13: Alabama, Hawaii (caucus), Mississippi

March 17 (Saturday): Missouri (GOP caucus to determine convention delegates

March 20: IllinoisMarch 24: Louisiana

April 3: District of Columbia, Maryland, Texas, Wisconsin

April 24: Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island

May 8: Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia

May 15: Nebraska, Oregon

May 22: Arkansas, Kentucky

June 5: California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota

June 26: Utah