Clinton feels the Bern as Sanders snatches surprise Michigan win

Published: Wednesday 9th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Socialist Bernie Sanders has breathed new life into his long-shot White House bid with a crucial win in Michigan’s presidential primary, chipping away at Hillary Clinton’s dominance in the Democratic race.

Meanwhile Republican front-runner Donald Trump swept to victory in Mississippi, Michigan and Hawaii, deepening his grip on his party’s nominating contest despite fierce efforts to blunt his momentum.

Ms Clinton easily carried Mississippi for her party, but was defeated in white, working-class Michigan, where voters expressed concerns about trade and jobs.

Mr Sanders said he was “grateful to the people of Michigan for defying the pundits and pollsters” and delivering him a win.

“We came from 30 points down in Michigan and we’re seeing the same kind of come-from-behind momentum all across America,” he said.

He said Michigan signalled that his campaign “is strong in every part of the country, and frankly we believe our strongest areas are yet to happen”.

Despite that win, Ms Clinton and Mr Trump moved comfortably closer to a general election face-off.

She breezed to an easy victory in Mississippi, propelled by overwhelming support from black voters, and has more than half the delegates she needs to clinch the Democratic nomination. Mr Trump padded his lead over Texas senator Ted Cruz, his closest rival.

Mr Cruz did take the Republican primary in Idaho, adding a seventh state win to his tally.

The front-runners turned their sights on November as they revelled in their victories.

“We are better than what we are being offered by the Republicans,” Ms Clinton said.

In a nod towards the kind of traditional politics he has shunned, Mr Trump emphasised the importance of helping Republican senators and House of Representatives members get elected in November.

Having entered Tuesday’s contests facing a barrage of criticism from rival candidates and outside groups, he also delighted in overcoming the attacks.

“Every single person who has attacked me has gone down,” Mr Trump said at one of his Florida resorts.

While a handful of recent losses to Mr Cruz have raised questions about Mr Trump’s durability, Tuesday’s contests marked another lost opportunity for rivals to slow his march.

Next week’s winner-take-all primaries in Ohio and Florida loom especially large as perhaps the last chance to stop Mr Trump short of a long-shot contested convention fight.

Published: Wednesday 9th March 2016 by The News Editor

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