Trump takes Michigan
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Fox News and MSNBC called the race for Trump immediately as polls closed at 9 p.m. Eastern.
 
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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 Antonio RubioSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election GOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power McConnell pushes back on Trump: 'There will be an orderly transition' 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 CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate GOP set to vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick before election Supreme Court fight pushes Senate toward brink Crenshaw looms large as Democrats look to flip Texas House seat 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 Diane Rodham ClintonAppeals court pauses 6-day extension for counting Wisconsin absentee ballots Trump, Pentagon collide over anti-diversity training push Sunday Shows: Trump's court pick dominates 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. 
 
 
- Updated at 9:15 p.m.