Romney Prevails in Michigan

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NOVI, MI - FEBRUARY 28: Republican Presidential Candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds a gathering at Surburban Collection Showcase after winning both the Michigan and Arizona primaries February 28, 2012 in Novi, Michigan. According to early results, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished first in the Michigan and Arizona primary elections. Voters in Michigan and Arizona went to the polls today to pick their choice for the Republican presidential nominee. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
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Michigan goes to Mitt Romney. With 99 percent of the vote in, according to this writing, Romney has won 41.1 percent of the vote to 37.9 for Santorum.

"Just a week ago, the pundits and pollsters were going to count us out," Romney told his crowd of supporters. "We didn't win by a lot, but we won by enough, and that's all that counts."

Romney then took aim at Obama, attacking his budget and "runaway spending."

"More jobs. Less debt. Smaller government," Romney said, sounding like a Papa John's ad. "You're going to hear that every day."

Romney will win two at-large delegates, in addition to three others that have been projected for him. That gives him five delegates to Santorum's three right now.

Michigan is divided into fourteen districts and awards all but two of its delegates proportionally, rather than winner-take-all fashion, like Arizona.

Romney has a substantial lead in and around Detroit — in Warren, Oakland, and Wayne counties, while Santorum leads in most of the "outstate" counties in western Michigan, the area surrounding Lansing, and the Upper Peninsula.

And although Romney will win the popular vote, it's possible that Santorum walks away with more delegates. The delegate math hasn't crystallized yet.

This post has been updated throughout.