[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/16/art.romneygop.ap.jpg caption=" Romney actually won Michigan, though the state party mistakenly congratulated McCain."](CNN) - It's wasn't exactly a "Dewey Defeats Truman" mistake, but Michigan Republican Party officials were scrambling Tuesday night after they inadvertently sent out a press release congratulating John McCain for winning the state.
All the major media networks called the state for Mitt Romney at about 9 p.m. ET, just after the last polling stations in the state closed.
But CNN affiliate WNEM reports that minutes after the state was called, the party sent out a press release congratulating the Arizona Republican.
With recent polls showing McCain and Romney in a dead heat, party spokesman Bill Nowling said congratulations statements were readied for both candidates and they "simply pushed the wrong button."
A correct statement went out five minutes later.
Read more here from CNN affiliate WNEM
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney