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Romney Wins Michigan

Former governor Mitt Romney (Mass.) has won the Michigan Republican presidential primary, besting Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and claiming a much-needed bit of momentum heading into votes in South Carolina, Florida and the slew of states set to vote on Feb. 5.

Michigan Primary Results

"Tonight marks the beginning, a beginning of a comeback for America," Romney said, claiming victory moments ago. "Tonight is a victory of optimism over Washington-style pessimism."

For his part, McCain joked and appeared upbeat as he conceded.

"For a minute there in New Hampshire I thought this campaign was getting easier," he said. "We don't mind a fight."

With 31 percent of the vote counted, Romney led McCain 39 percent to 30 percent with former governor Mike Huckabee in third at 16 percent.

On the Democratic side, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) easily won Michigan -- perhaps a hollow victory considering that the state had no delegates to award and none of the candidates actively campaigned there.

The quick resolution of the Republican race in Michigan means that political junkies can now feel free to switch over to MSNBC to watch the ongoing Democratic debate in Las Vegas.

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By Chris Cillizza  |  January 15, 2008; 9:47 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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