Mitt Romney won the Michigan Republican primary on Tuesday, narrowly defeating Rick Santorum, with Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich finishing a distant 3rd and 4th place respectively.
Romney, a Michigan native, received 41% of the vote with Santorum receiving 38% across the state of Michigan, according to results provided by Fox News. Paul and Gingrich received 12% and 7% respectively.
More specifically, in Ingham County, Romney received 43% of the vote, with Santorum only getting 34%, according to results provided by Fox News.
However, in precinct 1-1, where Old Town, Lansing is located, Santorum received 68 votes to Romney’s 27, according to the Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope.
The result will come as a surprise to some since it was widely believed that Romney would have no problems winning Michigan, the state where he grew up and the state where his father was a governor.
Romney addressed his supporters at his base in Novi, MI shortly after hearing the news of his victory.
“We didn’t win by a lot but we won by enough, and that’s all that counts,” said Romney.
Despite the defeat, Santorum was pleased with his performance in Michigan, especially given the history and ties Romney has to Michigan.
“A month ago they didn’t know who we were, but they do now,” said Santorum in a post-election rally at his base in Grand Rapids, MI.
Santorum offered his praise for the Michigan people by saying, “All I have to say is, I love you back.”
Voter turnout was considered to be relatively low compared to previous Michigan primaries. There are no official statistics yet, but it was projected that voter turnout would be anywhere between 15 and 25 percent.