February 22, 2000, 10:25 pm EST-- Senator John McCain's presidential campaign has apparently recovered from its double-digit loss in South Carolina by scoring a narrow victory in Michigan tonight.
The race was a close one with news organizations unable to call the race for the first hour.
"Today Michigan sent a powerful message across America, a message that our party wants real reform from the real reformer," McCain said to a rally in Arizona.
If the projections hold, McCain will apparently have independent and Democratic voters to thank. According to the Voter News Service, only 49 percent of those voting identified themselves as Republicans. Thirty three percent said they were independents and 18 percent Democrats.
Similar to the turnout in South Carolina, Republicans voted overwhelmingly for Bush and independents and Democrats backed McCain.
"Among the Republicans... there is no question who the winner is tonight and you are looking at him," Bush told a rally in Kansas City.
The final numbers will tell whose turnout will rule the day.