Bernie Sanders Gains Huge Momentum After Michigan Primary Win
The late and great Yogi Berra said it best: “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
In a stunning upset, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont defeated Hillary Clinton in the Michigan primary late Tuesday night, thwarting Clinton’s plans to quickly wrap up the Democratic nomination.
According to the Associated Press, Sanders won the primary by gaining 50 percent of the votes to Clinton’s 48 pecent.
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Very few analysts expected Sanders to win Michigan. In fact, the last RealClearPolitics poll before the primary had Clinton winning by a large margin (59 percent to 37 percent).
Clinton won the Mississippi primaries with 86 percent support of African-American voters, but won less than two-thirds of the African-American votes in Michigan. Sanders was also propelled by a huge majority of young voters getting to the polls
With Sanders winning the state, plans of Clinton quickly wrapping up the Democratic nomination have been thwarted. Although she has a comfortable lead in the delegate count, Sanders is fast gaining steam. Currently, Sanders trails Clinton by two points in the Wisconsin primary, which will be held on April 5th. The Wisconsin primary is crucial to both candidates with 96 delegates on the line.
Sanders also has a 30-point lead in the West Virginia primary, which will be held on May 10th. 100 delegates will be on the line and could make or break Clinton’s run toward the nomination.
Both candidates will participate in the Univision Democratic debate, which will take place Wednesday in Miami, Florida, at 9 p.m ET.