DETROIT - Mitt Romney edged ahead of Republican rival John McCain in early vote counting Tuesday, seeking to revive his weakened presidential candidacy with a hard-fought victory in his native state.
No matter the winner, the state's GOP primary promised to further roil a volatile nomination fight that lacks a clear favorite.
In very early returns, the Michigan-born Romney was narrowly leading McCain, the Arizona senator who was hoping that independents and Democrats would join Republicans to help him repeat his 2000 triumph here. Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, trailed.
"Michigan is going to vote for a Romney again!" declared Romney, whose father was Michigan's governor in the 1960s.