Sanders Wins Michigan

It was a tight race in a key state
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2016 8:02 PM CST
Updated Mar 8, 2016 10:52 PM CST
Michigan Too Close to Call for Democrats
Bernie Sanders greets supporters after speaking at a campaign rally Monday in Dearborn, Mich.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The biggest prize of the night was Michigan, and it ended up being a tight finish between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. With more than 99% of results in, CNN and NBC are projecting Sanders as the winner with 50% of the vote to Clinton's 48%. Both candidates campaigned aggressively in the state, which has 130 delegates up for grabs. One factor in Sanders' strong showing might be what Nate Cohn of the New York Times calls the "most surprising" stat out of exit polls: Clinton was "beating Sanders by 32 points among black voters in Michigan, which would be her weakest showing of the season by a wide margin."

Sanders was hoping for an upset to make the case that he's more of a national candidate, given that Clinton has racked up so many wins in the South, notes Politico. Clinton, on the other hand, had been hoping for a decisive victory to "close the door" on Sanders' candidacy, it adds. Either way, neither candidate will get a huge net gain in delegates, which will be divided proportionately. (Trump won Michigan on the GOP side, and he and Clinton won earlier in Mississippi.)

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