Detroit News | Sanders scores upset win in Michigan’s Democrat primary

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Sanders scores upset win in Michigan’s Democrat primary

March 9th, 2016

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont scored a shocking win Tuesday night in Michigan’s Democratic primary, narrowly defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and reasserting himself as a threat to her nomination.

With 93 percent of precincts reporting as of midnight, Sanders had captured 50 percent of the vote compared with 48 percent for Clinton.

Sanders upended public opinion polls and conventional wisdom in Michigan, where he packed college arenas and other venues in the past week while touting his message of change and promise of “political revolution.”

Speaking shortly before 11 p.m. while the race remained too close to call, Sanders said the night had already been an “enormous success” because he was bound to at least capture a sizable share of the 130 Michigan delegated that were up for grabs.

“What tonight means is that the Bernie Sanders campaign, the people’s revolution… is strong in every part of the country. And frankly, we believe our strongest areas are yet to happen,” he said.

Clinton had considered Michigan a stronghold because of her consistent strength with African-American voters. She first highlighted the issue of Flint’s lead-contaminated water about two months before the primary and visited the city a month ago as a way of promoting her concern for the black-majority city.

Sanders refused to cede the state and aggressively campaigned here in the past month. (Read More)


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