Romney takes Michigan Republican Primary

January 17, 2008 9:23:51 AM PST
Mitt Romney is declaring his win in Michigan a "victory of optimism over Washington-style pessimism." The former Massachusetts governor came in ahead of John McCain, who finished second, and Mike Huckabee, who finished third.

Romney spoke to a crowd of supporters in the Detroit suburb of Southfield. He said that his victory has Washington insiders worrying. He promised to bring innovation and change to Washington.

"The people of Michigan said they believe in someone who is going to fight for them," the Michigan native told The Associated Press Tuesday in a telephone interview. "I'm obviously very, very pleased. Now, on to South Carolina, Nevada, Florida. This campaign is going to go to all 50 states."

Republican presidential candidate John McCain finished second, but said he intends to win this state's first-in-the-South contest. The Arizona senator told supporters he would prevail in the state that eight years ago derailed his candidacy.

"Tonight, my friends, we congratulate another candidate's campaign but tomorrow we get up and fight," said the Arizona senator, who flew here late Tuesday evening to await the Michigan returns.