Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBenghazi panel offers new details on attack in 800-page report Poll: Clinton more trusted on terrorism than Trump Obama: Trump ‘embodies global elites’ MORE is projected to win the Michigan primary, giving him another big delegate prize in the Republican race.
Fox News and MSNBC called the race for Trump immediately as polls closed at 9 p.m. Eastern.
Trump beat out rival John Kasich, who had thrown everything at winning the Rust Belt state.
It's the second win of the night for Trump, as the businessman has also been projected the winner of the primary in Mississippi, where 40 delegates are at stake.
Michigan's 59 delegates make it the biggest contest of Tuesday's races. The win there gives Trump momentum heading into key contests next week in Ohio, Kasich's home state, and Florida, rival Marco RubioMarco RubioThe Trail 2016: Warren takes VP batting practice Abortion ruling roils race for the White House, Senate US, Mexico have mutual ambassadors for first time in over a year MORE's home state.
Trump’s victory in Michigan is important for two reasons beyond the accumulation of delegates.
A loss in Michigan — on the heels of surprising losses to Ted CruzTed CruzTrump hires ex-Cruz aide as communications director Overnight Tech: Judiciary leaders question internet transition plan | Clinton to talk tech policy | Snowden's robot | Trump's big digital push Kasich doesn't expect to speak at convention MORE in Kansas and Maine on Saturday — would have accelerated the narrative that the billionaire’s support is fading.
And Trump’s Michigan victory keeps alive the businessman's message that he can beat Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonGOP: WH pushed Benghazi video explanation despite eyewitnesses Dems rip Benghazi panel findings in prebuttal Poll: Clinton more trusted on terrorism than Trump MORE in a general election by appealing to so-called “Reagan Democrats” in Rust Belt states like Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
His victory in Mississippi, meanwhile, continues his dominance of the Deep South, a region that Ted Cruz once expected to fall in his column.
Clinton won Mississippi handily on Tuesday, while the race in Michigan is too close to call, with Bernie SandersBernie SandersPolls show tight Clinton-Trump race in 2016 battlegrounds Polls show tight Clinton-Trump race in 2016 battlegrounds Sanders's Nevada director floated two-sided coins for tiebreaks: report MORE winning in early returns.
- Updated at 9:15 p.m.