CHICAGO — President Barack Obama has won the state of Michigan’s 16 electoral votes, according to the Associated Press.

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View of the McCormick Place in Chicago where President Obama will speak later tonight.

The decision, shown on overheard projectors at Obama’s watch party here, drew huge cheers from the crowd. With 6 percent of precincts reporting in the state, Obama has won 52.6 percent of the vote, according to the AP. Romney has claimed 46.5 percent. Obama won Michigan by 16 points in 2008.

In the weeks leading up to the election, Republicans targeted a victory in Michigan as polls showed a narrowing race over the last few weeks, with one recent poll giving Romney a one-point advantage in the state.

Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus visited Jackson Monday night, and the Romney campaign has sent various surrogates to the state in recent weeks in a last-minute campaign push. The state Republican Party also launched a 24-stop bus tour to energize the Republican voter base.

This is a developing story. Check back to www.michigandaily.com for updates.

Story Updated: This story was updated to reflect new election results

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