NBC Calls it for Mitt in Michigan

| Tue Jan. 15, 2008 8:58 PM EST

Perhaps in an effort to get the Republican news out of the way before it airs the Democratic debate, NBC News has called the Michigan primary for Mitt Romney. Currently, there is 12 percent of the vote counted, and the totals are these:

Mitt Romney 37%
John McCain 31%
Mike Huckabee 14%
Ron Paul 6%
Fred Thompson 4%
Rudy Giuliani 3%

Polling before the primary put it this way:

Mitt Romney 25%
John McCain 21%
Mike Huckabee 18%
Rudy Giuliani 7%
Ron Paul 7%
Fred Thompson 5%

Good night for Mitt Romney. I'll be honest: I never thought it would happen. After seeing Romney in person on a number of occassions, I really felt that Mitt Romney would alienate any state that saw him up close. Turns out, every dog has his day.

Updated numbers after the jump.

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With 65 percent of precincts reporting:

Mitt Romney 39%
John McCain 30%
Mike Huckabee 16%
Ron Paul 6%
Fred Thompson 4%
Rudy Giuliani 3%