DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Donald Trump has won Michigan’s Republican presidential primary, triumphing in a state with the third-most GOP delegates in the nominating contest so far.

The victory continues his momentum that rivals have struggled to slow. Trump prevailed over senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

According to the CBS News exit poll, Trump ran strongly among men (he won 44 percent) but did not do well among women: he took 28 percent, versus 29 percent for Cruz and 26 percent for Kasich.

If he secures the nomination, Trump will seek to become the first Republican to win Michigan in a presidential election since 1988, when George H.W. Bush was elected.

WWJ’s Russ McNamara spoke with Ohio Governor and GOP presidential candidate John Kasich shortly before the majority of polls in Michigan close.

Was your tactic during the GOP debate to be the ‘adult in the room?’ asked WWJ’s Russ McNamara:

Kasich said he was just trying to run a positive campaign and focus on the issues but also “give people a sense of who you are and a what you have accomplished. People are distrusting of politicians. It’s time to turn from negative politics.”

Michigan’s 59 GOP delegates will be divided proportionally among Trump and any other candidate who gets a minimum 15 percent of the statewide vote.

 

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