DEVELOPING: Romney, Clinton win Michigan Primaries

DETROIT (AP)--Hillary Clinton has won the Michigan Democratic primary, and Mitt Romney has won the Republican primary.

Clinton was alone among the major contenders because of a dispute between the state and party officials after the state moved up the primary.

It was a do-or-die victory for Romney, who finished second in Iowa to Mike Huckabee and second in New Hampshire to John McCain.

The win could help Romney regain some of the ground lost in national polls to McCain.

Supporters of Democrats John Edwards and Barack Obama, had encouraged voters to vote for "uncommitted" to embarrass Clinton, but the vote wasn't even close.

Fewer independents, Democrats voting in Michigan

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) -- Fewer independents and Democrats are voting in Michigan's Republican primary, compared with eight years ago when John McCain won the state.

That's according to surveys of voters by The Associated Press and TV networks.

Exit polling shows a quarter of Republican primary voters today called themselves independent, down from 35 percent eight years ago. Michigan has open primaries and no registration by party.

In all, roughly seven in 10 voters opted to vote in the Republican primary.

In the Democratic race, "Uncommitted" is an option on the ballot against Hillary Rodham Clinton and several lower-tier candidates. Barack Obama and John Edwards withdrew from the ballot amid a dispute over seating Michigan's Democratic delegates.

Nearly three-quarters of those who voted uncommitted told exit pollsters they would have voted for Obama and many of the rest said Edwards.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Latest Republican Numbers

5,088 of 5,385 precincts - 94 percent

30 of 30 Delegates allocated

Mitt Romney 23 - 76 percent

John McCain 6 - 20 percent

Mike Huckabee 1 - 3 percent

Rudolph Giuliani 0 - 0 percent

Duncan Hunter 0 - 0 percent

Ron Paul 0 - 0 percent

Thomas Tancredo 0 - 0 percent

Fred Thompson 0 - 0 percent

Uncommitted 0 - 0 percent

Latest Democratic Numbers

5,077 of 5,385 precincts - 94 percent

x-Hillary Clinton 304,538 - 55 percent

Uncommitted 218,221 - 40 percent

Dennis Kucinich 20,598 - 4 percent

Chris Dodd 3,597 - 1 percent

Mike Gravel 2,244 - 0 percent


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