Record Turnout: Michigan Primary Close

By Dorothea Cooke | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

( - In what Michigan officials are calling a record turnout, several news outlets are currently projecting Arizona Senator John McCain the winner of the open primary with 48 percent and Texas Governor George W Bush with 46 percent of the vote.

Michigan holds an open primary allowing Democrats and Independents to vote in the GOP Primary. The polls closed at 8 p.m. EST.

Preliminary exit polls showed Bush and McCain running neck and neck at 47 percent of the vote apiece. Running a distant third is Alan Keyes.

Fox News was among the first to project McCain as the winner of the primary with 48 percent of the vote to Bush's 46 percent with seven percent of the precincts reporting.

However, WXYZ-TV and the Detroit Free Press are projecting McCain winning the primary with 53 percent of the vote to Bush's 40 percent.

Exit polls have indicated that Democrats and Independents voted overwhelmingly for McCain while the majority of those who identified themselves as Republican supported Bush.

Those who voted for Bush said they were most concerned about abortion, moral values and taxes. McCain supporters said they are more concerned about international relations, campaign finance reform, and federal entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.