Presidential hopeful Mitty Romney wins the Michigan Republican primary, but in less than convincing fashion in his home state.
US President Barack Obama has pronounced himself ready for a fight against his Republican presidential opponents.
Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are to go head-to-head at the Michigan primary.
President Barack Obama is still holding a narrow advantage over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in three of the most pivotal presidential battleground states - Florida, Ohio and Virginia, according to new NBC-Marist polls.[
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Mitt Romney breezed to an easy victory in the Washington state Republican presidential caucuses, earning another momentum boost heading into next week's crucial "Super Tuesday" contests in 10 states.
With about 80 percent of precincts now in, Romney had 36 percent support.
The outcome marked a fourth state win for Romney this week, after the former Massachusetts governor picked up contests in Michigan, Arizona and Wyoming. He also won the other most recent vote, the Maine caucus on February 11.
After thanking Republican voters in Michigan, Mitt Romney used his victory speech to attack Barack Obama, saying the president has put the country "on a path towards debt and deficit."
Rick Santorum has already conceded both states to Mitt Romney, but officially not all votes have been counted.
Here are the latest figures from CNN:
In Michigan, where 92% of votes are reported;
- Romney: 395,470 (41%)
- Santorum: 366,358 (38%)
And in Arizona, where 83% of votes are reported;
- Romney: 211,747 (47%)
- Santorum: 118,023 (26%)
BREAKING NEWS: Mitt Romney wins Michigan Republican presidential primary
CNN projects Mitt Romney will win Michigan primary. #CNNElections
Source tells me rick santorum called romney to concede #cnnelections
Fox News, NBC News and CNN have all declared Mitt Romney the projected winner in Michigan.
Chuck Todd is a political reporter for NBC news:
NBC News is projecting Romney will win MI.
With 70% of the votes counted, this is how the Michigan Republican primary stands, according to CNN:
Romney: 279,198 (40%)
Santorum: 251,122 (36%)
Evan McMorris-Santoro is a US reporter within the Santorum camp tonight:
It's nearly completely silent at Santorum HQ in #GrandRapids all of a sudden. Bout as low-key as one can get
All Michigan polls have just closed.
Romney is up slightly, but it's too close to call. After 20% of votes counted, Romney leads Santorum by just 3%.
A Santorum win would be shocking for the Republican party.
According to CNN, this is how the Michigan Republican primary stands at 6% reporting:
Romney: 15,942 (39%)