Joe Biden projected to win Michigan Democratic primary

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden will win the Michigan Democratic primary, Insider and Decision Desk HQ project.
  • This is a massive defeat for Sen. Bernie Sanders after an underwhelming Super Tuesday. Sanders won the state in 2016. 
  • Michigan had the most delegates on the table (125) of all the states with voting contests on March 10. 
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  • We’ll have up-to-the-minute live vote counts and results happening in real time updating automatically.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden will win the Michigan Democratic primary, Insider and Decision Desk HQ project.

Michigan Democratic primary results:

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With 125 pledged delegates at stake, Michigan is the biggest prize out of half a dozen voting contests on Tuesday, March 10, in which 352 pledged delegates are on the table. 

Biden has lead over Sanders among white voters without college degrees in Michigan, according to CBS News exit polls, which is a group the Vermont senator won in the state back in 2016. 

Pre-primary: 

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What’s at stake in the primary?

Michigan was do-or-die for Sen. Bernie Sanders after an underwhelming Super Tuesday that saw him fall behind former Vice President Joe Biden in delegates. 

Sanders won a stunning, narrow victory in Michigan in 2016 over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It was a defining moment for his campaign, and it’s poised to play a similar role in 2020.

Michigan had 125 pledged delegates on the table — 35% of the 352 delegates at stake in six voting contests on Tuesday. 

Biden coming out on top expands his lead over Sanders and brings him a major step closer to clinching the 2020 Democratic nomination. 

Winning in Michigan, a Midwestern state with a large blue-collar population, gives Biden significant momentum heading into a series of crucial voting contests on March 17 when 577 delegates will be up for grabs. The March 17 primaries include Illinois and Ohio, two nearby states. 

A candidate needs to win 1,991 delegates to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. Biden leads the pack with 612. Sanders has 536.

As in most other states, candidates must earn over the minimum threshold of 15% of the vote in a given district or statewide to earn any delegates.

This is what the polling said ahead of the Michigan primary:

According to FiveThirtyEight’s average of the latest polling data, Biden had a considerable lead over Sanders in Michigan: 53.6% to 32.3%. Gabbard is polling at 1.1%. He was a prohibitive favorite to win the state.

According to FiveThirtyEight’s primary election forecast, Biden had a 49 in 50 chance (98%) of winning the Democratic nomination, while Sanders had a 1 in 50 (2%) chance and Gabbard has a 0% chance. 

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