Despite Hillary’s supporters in the media continuing to trumpet that Bernie Sanders is unelectable, Bernie has just won the Michigan primary, his most important prize yet.
The turnout was incredibly high, with multiple primary precincts running out of ballots, according to WZZM. This victory has proven Bernie’s prediction to the Associated Press true that “if there is a large turnout, we are going to win here in Michigan.” With 90 percent of precincts reporting, the New York Times is projecting Sanders to win Michigan by a 50-48 margin.
“I just want to thank the people of Michigan who repudiated the polls, who repudiated the pundits,” Sanders said in an impromptu 11 PM news conference. “The people’s revolution, the political revolution we’re talking about is strong in every part of the country.”
Additionally, CNN exit polls show Sanders won Wayne County, the state’s most populous county, by a 14-point margin. This is particularly significant for Sanders, as Wayne County is approximately 40 percent black. And more black voters trust Sanders to handle race relations than they trust Hillary Clinton. This means Sanders may be reversing his losing trend among black voters as the primary goes on.
Sanders’ victory is a huge political upset, given most pollsters having him down considerably to Hillary Clinton in the weeks and days leading up to the Michigan primary. RealClearPolitics polling averages had Clinton projected to win by anywhere from a 13-point margin to a 27-point margin. Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com projected Clinton as the winner with 99 percent probability:
While Clinton surrogates in the corporate media have been blaring that Bernie’s campaign was finished after Super Tuesday, he went on to win 3 out of 4 states last Saturday, and now he has defeated Clinton in the pivotal Midwestern state. This puts Sanders in excellent position to do well in the March 15 primaries, in which other states with demographics similar to Michigan’s — like Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri — go to the polls. All of these states have a significant number of Democratic delegates.
Michigan has 130 delegates to offer Democratic candidates to be awarded proportionally, the most up for grabs since Super Tuesday. Sanders will take home a majority of them
This victory has proven that the revolution is alive and well. As the election moves to Western coastal states and major Eastern states, expect more and more Bernie Sanders primary victories.
On the Republican side, Donald Trump won the Michigan primary by 12 points with 36 percent of the vote, with Ohio governor John Kasich placing in second with 25 percent of the vote. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio took third place and fourth place, respectively.
Nathan Wellman is a Los Angeles-based journalist, author, and playwright. Follow him on Twitter: @LightningWOW