Detroit (Michigan),Mar. 9 (ANI): Hillary Clinton has suffered major loss in the Michigan primary after Bernie Sanders pulled off his biggest win of the Democratic presidential race last night.
The Vermont senator’s consistent bid against free trade deals appears to have been a decisive factor which also showed signs of weakening Clinton’s dominance among African American voters.
The victory by a margin of around three percentage points when was first projected by Associated Press reportedly comes despite Sanders trailing Clinton by an average of 21 points in recent opinion polling.
“What tonight means it that the Bernie Sanders campaign, the people’s revolution that we are talking about, is strong in every part of the country and frankly we believe that our strongest areas are yet to happen,” Guardian quoted Sanders as saying at a hastily arranged press conference in Miami.
Taking jibe at the pundits who had said that Bernie Sanders wasn’t going anywhere, Sanders thanked the people of Michigan for crashing the polls prediction down to 20-25 points.
Michigan with 130 delegates was the second largest prize of the elections which would play a crucial role in the November elections.
Meanwhile, the former secretary of state made 83-16 point victory in Mississippi with support mainly from African American voters.
89 percent of black voters in Mississippi’s Democratic primary supported Clinton which made up 69 percent of the electorate, showed exit polls.
Before Tuesday’s elections , Clinton was nearly halfway in securing the 2,383 needed to clinch the Democratic nomination leading by 673-477 pledged delegates.
Clinton has yet to win a state in the north by a convincing margin despite winning wins in Iowa and Massachusetts by only a few thousand voters and over the weekend Sanders won three of the latest four states.
Sanders ‘win in Michigan shows that he has significantly improved his performance with African American voters.
Big battlegrounds next week which share similar demographic profile with Michigan, including Ohio, Illinois and Missouri, which vote on March 15, something very crucial for both Clinton and Sanders’. (ANI)