Bernie Sanders Lands Michigan in Primary Upset, Ted Cruz Takes Idaho (Updated)
11:53 p.m. PST: Trump wins the Hawaii caucus with 42.4 percent of the votes, AP reports. * * *
9:43 p.m. PST: Taking Idaho, Ted Cruz broke Trump’s winning streak on Tuesday evening. * * *
9:03 p.m. PST: Sanders has been declared the winner in Michigan (via The Washington Post):
Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic presidential primary in Michigan, claiming victory over Hillary Clinton in an industrial Midwest state where voters expressed concerns about trade and jobs.
Since Super Tuesday, Sanders has now won four of the last six state contests. Next week, Democratic voters head to the polls in Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Florida. In all, 691 delegates will be at stake.
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8:03 p.m. PST: The victor in the Michigan Democratic primary still hadn’t been declared, as CBS News reported:
According to the latest CBS News exit polling results from Michigan:
Sanders has stayed competitive with Clinton in Michigan by winning the under-30 vote overwhelmingly (82 percent to 17 percent); and he won among those 30 to 44 (56 percent to 43 percent); Clinton won the over-45 vote by 58 percent to 39 percent.
As many as 23 percent of the Democratic voters were African-American, and Clinton carried their votes, 64 percent to 32 percent. Overall, Clinton won only 60 percent of the votes of non-whites in Michigan.
Sanders won among white Democrats, 59 percent to 39 percent.
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6:33 p.m. PST: Trump also took Michigan, as Dems awaited results from the Great Lakes State. * * *
Voters in another Southern state handed primary victories to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and to Donald Trump on the Republican side of the aisle Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Times took stock of what Trump’s latest wins mean in the grander GOP scheme of things:
Trump’s victory came as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has been struggling to overtake him in Bible Belt states where evangelical Christians dominate Republican primaries.
Mississippi was one of four contests held Tuesday, including a primary in Michigan. The results could begin to answer whether Trump has peaked or just slowed a bit in his steady progress toward the nomination.
The other three states doing GOP balloting were Michigan, Idaho and Hawaii. Democrats also had their primary in Michigan but will wait until later in the month to hold caucuses in Idaho (March 22) and Hawaii (March 26).
The L.A. Times also put Clinton’s Mississippi win in the context of the contest between the former secretary of state and rival Sen. Bernie Sanders:
Clinton made her goal clear in a comment Monday night at a campaign rally:
“The sooner I could become your nominee, the more I could begin to turn attention to the Republicans,” she said.
The Mississippi result had been widely anticipated. Sanders had not campaigned there at all.
Michigan could prove more complicated.
Polls point to a commanding lead for Clinton here in Michigan, but her campaign has been consistently nervous about the outcome. Sanders has invested heavily, relentlessly pounding away at the trade agreements Clinton has lent her support to over the years and the Wall Street banks that have paid her handsomely for delivering speeches and invested millions in her run. It is a message that connects with many voters in a part of the country devastated by the turn the economy has taken over the last few decades.
Live election results can be found here, and we’ll be tracking the outcomes right here on this page as the remaining states announce their tallies.
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