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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