WASHINGTON (CNN) - Independent voters constituted a significantly smaller proportion of Michigan Republican primary voters this cycle than eight years ago, our exit polling indicates.
Independents made up only 25 percent of primary voters this year - 10 points less than they did in the 2000 GOP primary that McCain won.
As predicted, among independents McCain beat Romney 35 percent to 29 percent. But Romney easily beat McCain among registered Republicans, 40 percent to 26 percent. That could bode well for the former Massachusetts governor in upcoming primaries where independent voters are not allowed to vote on the Republican side.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney