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Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Sanders running neck and neck in Michigan Democratic primary

It’s once again Primary Day somewhere in America. Today, voters in Michigan and Mississippi went to the polls to cast votes in those state’s Democratic and Republican primaries. It was a good night for Donald Trump all around, as he defeated his Republican rivals in both states. And for Hillary Clinton, it was a good night in Mississipi, where she handily dispatched Bernie Sanders.

But in Michigan, it’s a different story.

In Michigan, defying pretty much everybody’s expectations, Bernie Sanders currently has a lead of several thousand votes. Sanders was behind by twenty points in preelection polling, but he’s held a small, steady lead that alternatively shrinks and grows by small amounts since the polls closed.

Take a look:

Michigan Democratic Primary, March 8th, 2016

48% reporting as of 7:06 PM Pacific

Bernie Sanders281,81249.8%
Hillary Clinton273,06948.3%

Keep in mind there are still a lot of votes left to be counted.

Wayne County, where Detroit is located, is notoriously slow at counting votes. It is definitely helping to keep Clinton competitive, as it’s going for her by a substantial margin (nearly 60% Clinton). And yet Sanders is still ahead statewide.

UPDATE, 7:48 PM: Bernie Sanders remains ahead. Plenty of Hillary-friendly areas are still counting votes though, including Detroit and Flint.

Michigan Democratic Primary, March 8th, 2016
70% reporting as of 7:48 PM Pacific

Bernie Sanders410,18150.9%
Hillary Clinton380,67947.2%

UPDATE, 8:22 PM: Bernie Sanders has stuck to his lead in Michigan like peanut butter sticking to jelly. Clinton is running out of time and votes.

Michigan Democratic Primary, March 8th, 2016
84% reporting as of 8:22 PM Pacific

Bernie Sanders478,35149.9%
Hillary Clinton461,36548.1%

UPDATE, 9:30 PM: The projections are in… and Bernie wins!

Michigan Democratic Primary, March 8th, 2016
95% reporting as of 9:30 PM Pacific (4,592 of 4,830 precincts)

CandidatePercentageVotesNational Delegates (est.)
Bernie Sanders50.0%561,37965
Hillary Clinton48.%539,81257

POSTSCRIPT: The final tally….

Michigan Democratic Primary, March 8th, 2016
100% reporting

CandidatePercentageVotesNational Delegates (est.)
Bernie Sanders49.8%595,22265
Hillary Clinton48.3%576,79557

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One Comment

  1. Are the absent tee ballots accounted for? What was the count for the two Democrats??

    # by Susan Hart :: March 8th, 2016 at 8:12 PM