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Romney declares victory in Michigan

DETROIT (AP) - Mitt Romney has scored his first major primary victory in his native Michigan. Romney's win over John McCain is one Romney desperately needed to give his weakened candidacy new life and to set the stage for a three-man Republican showdown in South Carolina.

Romney finished second in Iowa to Mike Huckabee and second to McCain in New Hampshire.

"Tonight marks the beginning of a comeback --- a comeback for America," the former Massachusetts governor said.

"Let's take this campaign to South Carolina, and Nevada, and Florida and all over the country. Let's take it all the way to the White House," he said to a cheering crowd.

Some political analysts said Michigan was a must-win for Romney, who finished second in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Romney, who won the overshadowed Wyoming caucuses, is a Michigan native and his father was governor of the state in the 1960s.

Forty-one percent of people who voted in the GOP primary said Romney's Michigan ties were important to them, according to exit polls.

With 37 percent of precincts reporting, Romney had 39 percent of the vote compared to Arizona Sen. John McCain's 30 percent. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee had 16 percent of the vote, followed by Texas Rep. Ron Paul with 6 percent. Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson had 4 percent, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani trailed with 3 percent.

Huckabee congratulated Romney after his win, but pledged to take South Carolina's January 19 Republican primary.

"It looks like I won Iowa. John McCain won New Hampshire. Mitt Romney won Michigan. But ladies and gentleman, we're going to win South Carolina," Huckabee said.

On the Democratic side, CNN projected that Sen. Hillary Clinton would win Michigan.

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