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MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (WOOD) - Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are on Mackinac Island to meet with members of the Miichigan GOP leadership and swing support their way. 24 Hour News 8 spoke with Romney and will have details on that conversation later. Presidential candidates traditionally attend the biennial Michigan Republican Leadership Conference , but the state's Feb. 28 presidential primary has made it even more important for candidates to be wooing party activists. The conference wraps up Sunday. Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are the only two Republican presidential candidates who can afford to spend their time and money in states that aren't first on the primary calendar. That helps explain their appearances Saturday in Michigan, where GOP voters will have their say in 2012, but only after Iowa, New Hampshire and several other states that second-tier contenders must win to survive. "It's really about these two up here," said Jase Bolger, the speaker of Michigan's House of Representatives.